FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Saturday 27 NOVEMBER 2021
Jesus said to his disciples: “Beware that your hearts do not become drowsy from carousing and drunkenness and the anxieties of daily life, and that day catch you by surprise like a trap. For that day will assault everyone who lives on the face of the earth. Be vigilant at all times and pray that you have the strength to escape the tribulations that are imminent and to stand before the Son of Man.” (Luke 21: 34-36)
How shall I live this Word?
Here we are on the last day of the liturgical year. We ask ourselves: What is a heavy heart? It is a blocked heart, unable to move due to an increasingly unmanageable heaviness, often accompanied by the dense feeling of ‘not making it anymore’.
Today’s Gospel relates the burdened heart to finding oneself surprised, unprepared, and unable to react in the face of something sudden that happens, that falls upon us and overwhelms us. Jesus invites us to keep watch while praying. This means attention and vigilance. It means recognizing that you are inserted in a vital relationship with Him, a relationship given, gratuitous. Everything passes. Only God will remain and all that we have done out of love for Him and out of love for our neighbor. We cannot build our life on love for ourselves. Jesus invites us to be less superficial, to look within ourselves to see our motivations.
We are now at the gates of Advent. The Lord comes and wants to find us ready, committed to loving and helping others. Let us open our hearts to Him, let Him in, express our needs, and present our needs to Him. We renew our faith in a never-dormant hope: things, reality, even people and first of all ourselves, can and must change, must accept to be transformed.”
Lord Jesus, I give you my daily life full of little gestures repeated over time. Grant me a vigilant heart that loves, a heart that waits lovingly.
The Voice of St. Alphonso Maria Liguori
Great was the hope of St. Francis de Sales. He was certain that God always vigils for his good and thus he could be always serene and intrepid in the midst of the greatest dangers.
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