Thought for the Week

THOUGHT FOR THE WEEK

FROM ST. AUGUSTINE SPIRITUALITY CENTER

November 29-December 5, 2020

 

The Messiah’s coming was a long time in “coming” into this world. The Jews waited some 4,000 years and many are still waiting. God planned the coming long before time existed. He meant to send Jesus into the world, sin or no sin, because he wanted to show the depth of his love for his creation. Isaiah 63-64 called upon God, “father and redeemer,” to come down – “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down.” Isaiah laments the sinful condition of humankind and not much has changed since his day. We still need to call, “O Lord, you are our father; we are the clay and you the potter; we are all the work of your hands.” Just as the pot takes shape in the hands of the potter, so we are being shaped tenderly by the hand of God in all the circumstances of our life. Sometimes we are a little off balance on the wheel of life, but a potter knows what to do to rescue the belligerent clay.

 

St. Paul reminds us in 1 Corinthians 1: 3-9 that God is faithful and that we “are not lacking in any spiritual gift.” This knowledge of the “revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ should keep us firm to the end.”

Trust is called forth and we can be confident in knowing we have the “tools” to be faithful and joyful.

 

Mark 13: 33-37 is strong on “watchfulness.” God comes in all manner of ways. He comes in the beautiful dawning of each day. He comes in the greetings from our neighbors. He comes in the smiles of our family. He comes in the painful and happy moments of life. He, perhaps, is the “Coming God.” And, we, who are we? We are to be the “Watching and Waiting People,” always alert to God’s presence. The last “watch” will take us into the hands of God and the eternal banquet.

 

We do not “watch” alone. We are painfully learning in this pandemic that we are one world, one planet, one creation, but we are resisting this knowledge and still act as separate entities, competing for power and prestige. I wonder if the poor countries can rejoice with the rich countries and the possible inoculation

for Covid-19. They know they are on the bottom of heap. How sad that we cannot say, “One giant leap for humankind,” to quote a moon landing. Let us be watchful in this pandemic, that all have access to what they need to live heathy, happy lives. This is the “coming,” for which we wait during this Advent.

Jesus’ coming into this world assured us of the value of every human person and all creation.

 

St. Andrew, Apostle, was the “First Called” or “First Named.” He invited his brother Peter, to come and see the “One.” Andrew was a disciple of John the Baptist, who directed him to follow Jesus. He ministered in Asia Minor and was martyred on an X cross.

 

Saints Francis Xavier, priest and John Damascene, priest and Doctor of the Church, are honored this week. Francis was one of the first seven Jesuits and one of the great missionaries in the 16th century. John Damascene was a monk in the 8th century. He expounded on the proper use of imagery in the teaching about Jesus and Christianity. He composed liturgical music, which is still used in the Eastern Church.

 

“Show us, Lord, your love; and grant us your salvation,” Psalm 85: 8

 

Sister Rosemarie Goins

Director