Monday, November 28, 2016

Nov. 29, 2016: Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

Nov. 29, 2016: Tuesday of the First Week of Advent In the first reading from the prophet Isaiah once again there is a clear reference to the birth of the Savior. “A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him.” During the season of Advent we are preparing ourselves to receive the Lord in our hearts. Our preparation is two fold, we are preparing a place for the Lord now, and second we are also preparing for His return in glory. Now what is Jesus saying when he turned to his disciples and said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.” Many prophets and kings spent a lot of time searching for the Messiah they longed to see. Our Lord explains to His disciples how blest they are because they are in His midst. This we mustn’t forget during advent as we prepare to celebrate our Saviors birth is that he is already present among us. We at times can easily forget that He is at work in the world. As we go through our day we must ask ourselves are we like the prophets and kings who are failing to see the Lord at work or are we like those early disciples who recognize the Lord’s hand at work in our lives. May we not get so wrapped up in the midst of our preparation during the season of Advent for the coming of the Lord that we fail to see Him at work here and now. -Fr. Keith Michael Carroll