In Advent Reflections

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

November 29, 2016

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Today’s Thought from Scripture:  Luke 10:21-22

In that same hour he [Jesus] rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I thank thee, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that thou hast hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to babes; yea, Father, for such was thy gracious will.[a] All things have been delivered to me by my Father; and no one knows who the Son is except the Father, or who the Father is except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal him.”

 

In today’s reflection in Advent with St. Teresa of Calcutta, I shared part of my conversion story – the early, disoriented feelings that resulted from attending Mass for the first time. In many ways, I felt like I was being asked to return to a kind of spiritual childhood, needing to learn a whole new set of prayers and hymns and movements that were unfamiliar, yet altogether fascinating. Twenty-something years later, my heart still thrills to hear the stories of those who are discovering these riches for the first time. By humbling ourselves, we open the door for God to show us treasures and truths we might otherwise have missed.

In One Heart Full of Love, Mother Teresa retells the story of Zaccheus, and says, “You and I . . . should be aware that we are small. We should make a decision to do little things with great love” (p.135). What small step of faith will you take today?

 

Lord Jesus,

As we get ready to celebrate Christmas,

The moment you appeared as a tiny, helpless infant,

Help us to experience a renewed sense of wonder and joy,

And to rediscover our innocence.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

 

To read the full readings for today, click here.

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