In Advent Reflections

Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

December 7, 2016

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Today’s Thought from Scripture:  Isaiah 40:31

Those who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

 

How do you feel when you read today’s reading? It contains a promise . . . with a catch. We all want the eagle’s wings, the ability to run at top speed, to multitask at the speed of light.

But how often are we willing to fulfill our part of the bargain and wait?  Over and over in the life of St. Teresa, I was struck by the priority she and her sisters placed on waiting on the Lord. For them, it was a matter of survival – there was so much to do, they had to listen carefully in order to discern God’s priorities. Small acts with great love and joy. This was their secret.

Do you find it hard to wait? Try frequent, short pauses – a deep breath, a slow exhale, a turning of the heart toward God.

 Lord, the price of obedience can be very dear —

but still I want to follow.

Thank you for the tender mercies

of those who graced my life for a time.

Help me to be a source of grace

for someone else.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

To read the full readings for today, click here.

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