Saturday, 1st Week of Advent

Readings

Isaiah 30:19-21-23-26  God heals and gives an abundance of gifts.

Matthew 9:35; 10:1, 5, 6-8  Jesus pities the lost sheep and sends his disciples to cure, to raise the dead and give life.

Daily homily:

http://thepassionists.org/reflections/

Isaiah was driven by a vision of God. Here’s a meditation by St. Anselm that leads us to God, whom we look for in this holy season:

“Get up, little one! For awhile put away what holds you. Put aside your busy thoughts. Lay down your burdens and what bothers you. Make way for God for a little while.

Go into your mind and stop thinking. Concentrate on God and thoughts that help you look for God. Close your door and look. Speak from the  heart. Speak to God: I seek your face; your face, Lord, I seek.

Come, Lord God, teach my heart where and how to seek you, where and how to find you.

Lord, if you are not here, then where are you? You are everywhere, so why don’t I see you here? You dwell in unapproachable light. So where is unapproachable light, or how shall I come to it? Who shall lead me to that light and into it, that I may see you in it? I have never seen you, O Lord, my God; I do not know your face.

I’m an exile far from you. What shall I do, anxious to love you, and so far from your presence? I want to see you and yet your face seems far away. I long to come to you and yet you dwell in a place inaccessible. I  want to find you, but I don’t know where. I desire to seek you, and I don’t know what you look like.

Lord, you are my God, and I have never seen you. You made me and renewed me and give me all  good things, and I have not yet met you. I was created to see you, and I have not yet done what I was made for.

How long,  Lord will you forget us; how long will you turn your face from us? When will you look upon us, and hear us? When will you enlighten our eyes that we may see your face?

3 thoughts on “Saturday, 1st Week of Advent

  1. Gail Smyder

    St. Anselm speaks for all of us, in this simple and humble prayer. A beautiful prayer and look into the heart of one eager to know God. We find Him in each other’s daily searches and how uplifting and hopeful is this. Thanks again Father for your daily sharing. I know it keeps me keeping on…………..

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  2. Gloria Ziemienski

    Thank you, Fr. Victor, for this quote from St. Anselm. His words speak my
    feelings: this longing for God; the wondering “who and where are you” even
    though I know God is everywhere; the feeling that I have not done all that God
    created me to do; the wondering how to do the “all”; the sometimes wondering
    how there could be anyone as wonderful as God. I have a plaque on the wall
    that says, “Please be patient, God isn’t finished with me yet.” How I can identify with that saying!

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