Daily Reflection for Friday, December 10 2021
Peace and Blessings, Friends and Parishioners,
We encourage you to reflect on Friday’s readings at this link:
If you prefer to use your own Bible, the readings are:
First Reading: Isaiah 48: 17-19
Responsorial: Psalm 1:1-4 and 6
Gospel: Matthew 11: 16-19
Our reflection on Friday’s readings:
Thus says the LORD, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel: I am the LORD, your God, teaching you how to prevail, leading you on the way you should go. If only you would attend to my commandments, your peace would be like a river, your vindication like the waves of the sea, Isaiah 48: 17-18.
I’m writing this reflection as a substitute for one of our team members who, as Christ taught us, is caring for and loving another human being—her dear father.
Caring and love. Cherished words during this time of Advent, a time when we pray, “Come Lord Jesus,” and we are reminded to be Jesus for others.
My wife and I read the Daily Meditations by Fr. Richard Rohr and try to spend time together discussing the meditation. In a recent meditation, Fr. Rohr tells us that “Christ is the blueprint for all time and space and life itself.” If you are interested in the Daily Meditations from Fr. Richard Rohr, you can sign up for them here.
The responsorial today teaches, “Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12) When we are followers of Christ, we are not walking in darkness.
Today’s reading from Isaiah tells us that when we follow God’s commandments as Jesus taught, we find peace. Loving God, loving one another--even our enemies, and being love for one another is what makes us part of the Body of Christ. And in that Christ, and with Christ in us, peace unfolds. That peace flows like a river, flows out of you and me, and sets the captives free. God promises that in today’s reading from Isaiah. It is echoed in the beautiful hymn by Carey Landry.
As I prepare for Christmas, I’m praying, “Come Lord Jesus.” What I really want with that prayer is for the Living Christ to be present in me and be the blueprint for my life, so that I can truthfully be a follower of Christ.
Peace and blessings,