Friday of the First Week of Advent

December 2, 2016


Today’s Thought from Scripture:  Psalm 27:4

One thing have I asked of the Lord,     that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord     all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord,     and to inquire in his temple.


Today’s reading from the Gospel of Matthew tells the moving story of two blind men who approach Jesus, begging him for light. A short time later, a man unable to speak is released from his burden. In today’s meditation, we see how the evil one is so eager to blind us to the beauty and goodness of the faith, reducing it to simple habit and undiscerning practice. However, the season of Advent represents an opportunity to start over, to “behold the beauty” of our spiritual home with fresh eyes, and to express our gratitude with thankful hearts.

Lord, open my eyes to the beauty of your temple, that might heart might sing your praise.

Holy Spirit, incline my heart

So that I might hear in a new and fresh way

The words God wants to speak to me.

Help me to see the beauty of your sanctuary,

The gateway to heaven itself.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!


To read the full readings for today, click here.