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The Lord Will Not Delay

December 4, 2016 by  
Filed under Advent, Carmelite Spirituality, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy

The Lord Will Not Delay
Second Sunday of Advent

Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, to receive His two-fold invitation to confidence and repentance, contained in today’s liturgy.

MEDITATION

After we have considered the sublime program of sanctification which we should follow, it is very consoling to consider the magnificent texts of today’s liturgy. They invite us to have complete trust in God’s help.

“Thy salvation cometh quickly: why art thou wasted with sorrow?… I will save thee and deliver thee, fear not…. As a mother comforteth her sons, so will I comfort thee, saith the Lord” (old Roman Breviary).

God does not want anxiety or discouragement. If He proposes to us an exalted way of sanctity, He does not leave us alone but comes to help and sustain us.

God does not want anxiety or discouragement. If He proposes to us an exalted way of sanctity, He does not leave us alone but comes to help and sustain us.

Today’s Mass shows clearly how Jesus comes not only for the people of Israel, for a small number of the elect, but also for the Gentiles, for all men. “Behold the Lord shall come to save the nations” (Introit). Therefore, let us have confidence and rejoice, as St. Paul exhorts us: “Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing that you may abound in hope” (cf Romans 15:4-13). And in order to stimulate our hope in Christ … (Matthew 11:2-10) presents His wonderful works:

“The blind see, the lame walk, lepers are cured, the deaf hear, the dead rise again, the poor have the gospel preached to them.

There is no physical or moral misery which Jesus cannot cure. He asks only that we go to Him with a heart dilated by faith, and with complete trust in His all-powerful, merciful love.

COLLOQUY

O my Savior, Word of God, how can I doubt that You are coming upon earth to save and sanctify me? Why do I not go to You with complete, loving confidence, when You have spared nothing to show me Your infinitely merciful love? Your Incarnation, Your infant tears, Your humble, hidden life, Your apostolate, Your miracles, Your sorrowful Passion and death, all Your precious Blood poured out, shall they not be enough to make me believe in Your love, to open my heart in the most complete confidence?

“I repeat with all confidence the humble prayer of the publican. Most of all do I imitate the behavior of Magdalen, for her amazing—rather I should say her loving—audacity, which delighted Your heart…. I am certain that even if I had on my conscience every imaginable crime, I should lose nothing of my confidence, but would throw myself, my heart broken with sorrow, into Your arms, for I remember Your love for the prodigal son who returns to You” (Teresa of the Child Jesus, Story of a Soul, 12).

With this confidence, O my Jesus, I will resume my way and begin again my poor efforts.

adventwreathviden3799wreathtopbldg for post on The Lord Will Not DelayDuring this Advent, You invite me to greater recollection, to greater interior and exterior silence, so that I may be able to hear Your voice and prepare for Your coming. Help me, then, to quiet my continual chatter about useless things, the discordant voices of nature, self-love, sensitiveness, the distracting prattle of my fantasies, imaginations, thoughts and useless preoccupations.

I acknowledge that often my mind and heart are like a raging sea in which the waves thunder continually; and yet, if You wish, a sign from You will be enough to make calm return and all be silent.

Yes, You teach me that interior silence exacts detachment from self and from creatures, exacts interior and exterior mortification. For love of You, I will mortify my curiosity, curiosity of my eyes, ears, thoughts, and imagination. I also want to silence my passions and, therefore, I resolve to be more generous in the practice of corporal mortification.

O eternal Word, my Savior, draw all my powers to Yourself; fasten my interior gaze upon Yourself, so that I shall no longer seek or hear anything or anyone but You alone, eternal Word of my eternal God!

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Art for this post on “The Lord Will Not Delay”: modified detail of Víden ([Advent Wreath on Building in] Vienna), Dezidor, 2007 own photo, CCA 3.0 Unported, Wikimedia Commons. Father Gabriel of St. Mary Magdalen, mirror from open source material.

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  • marybernadette

    Let our hearts be open wide the receive the Infant Jesus who was turned away from the “Inn.” Astounding humility of the Holy Family, teaching us what true
    “Treasure” is. The Lord Jesus, “Pearl of Great Price.” Beautiful Meditation.

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