4th December 2020

Friday, First Week of Advent

Is 29:17-24;   Ps 27:1,4,13-14;   Mt 9:27-31


If God is all powerful, all good, ever loving and generous, why do we fail to experience the fullness of his blessings in our daily life? Does the peace, the joy and the love that comes from Christ have any limit? Does not God want to share with us the inexhaustible treasures of his kingdom? The fault lies not in the giver but in the receivers. God desires to give us a share in his kingdom here and now. However, we limit the power of God by erecting boundaries (cf. Is 59:2). Boundaries of disbelief, selfishness, doubt, fear, timidity, etc. prevent us from experiencing the fullness of life promised by Christ (cf. Jn 10:10).

How are we to overcome these barriers and so dispose ourselves in order to receive the full measure of the grace of God?

  • Through Faith:

Faith is like an open door through which God hears and grants our petitions – “…whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” (Mk 11:24). In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus heals the blind men saying, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” And we know from Scripture that faith the size of a mustard seed can move mountains (cf. Mt 17:20).

  • Through Hope:

 God is moved to bless us in proportion to the measure of our desire. Those who wait on him in hope will have their strength renewed (cf. Is 40:31ff). The Lord himself will fight for them; they have only to be still and take courage (cf. Ex 14:14). As St John of the Cross says, “the hope of heaven attains as much as it hopes for.”

  • Through Love:

There is nothing that moves the heart of God more than love, manifested through actions. “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap.” (Lk 6:38). Apart from love, all our prayers and charitable deeds are of little value in the eyes of God.

Responsorial Psalm: The Lord is my light and my salvation.

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