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Monday of the Second Week

Readings

Is 35:1-10
Ps 85:9ab and 10, 11-12, 13-14
Lk 5:17-26

Reflection

As I discern on today’s readings I keep coming back to my call to serve and that the opportunity to serve is a gift.  Advent is often described as a “season of anticipation” and a “season of generosity” in which I am more aware of our humanity with the coming of Christ.  However, for me, the anticipation and call to serve generously are also blessings unto themselves.
 
I made sense of the daily readings in descending order.  Through the Gospel we learn from Luke that Jesus is absolving sin, showing unconditional love, and substantial compassion when He sees the faith in the men who brought the paralyzed man to Jesus.  I think Christ is teaching the Pharisees that as God’s people they should find the good within humanity, encourage benevolence, embrace shortcomings in others, and He calls those with much to do more and to do so with merriment.  Jesus’ acts of forgiveness for the paralyzed man were awe-inspiring and changemaking.
 
I also hear the need for action on our part and the challenges of inaction in the first reading and the Psalm both from Isaiah.  He states in the Psalm that “Our God will come to save us.”  As a Christian Catholic I learned that from my parents and later in Catechism as a young boy – that the incarnation of God as man through God’s only begotten son saved me.  However, looking deeper into the Psalms we hear directions on how to live a more Christ-like life where we cannot have peace without justice and that salvation embraces us with love based on our faith and living our faith in our daily lives.  In actuality, God comes to save us and provide us opportunity to save ourselves by truly loving our brothers and sisters as Christ teaches.  Similarly, I hear Isaiah stating in Israel’s Deliverance that the “unclean may not pass.”  I personalize the daily reading in a manner in which the season of Advent provides great hope to find the good within ourselves and our neighbor, that we can rejoice in the reward for our image as made in likeness of God, and to appreciate the opportunity to reflect and take action during this time of anticipation.
 
I find the daily readings to be inspiring to me in a time of great opposition and despair in our nation as we contemplate the care for the dignity of all people and things within all God’s creation.  Isaiah and Luke seem to be calling us to action during the Advent season to be like-Christ and embrace the gifts those of us are fortunate to possess for the greater good. 
 
-Luke L. LaCroix, Associate Director, Residential Life

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