Second Monday of Advent

  FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD December 10, 2018 SECOND Monday  of ADVENT  WORD of the DAY   One day as Jesus was teaching, Pharisees and teachers of the law were sitting there who had come from every village of Galilee and Judea and Jerusalem, and the power of the Lord was with him for healing.  And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying to bring him in and set [him] in his presence.  But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles  into the middle in front of Jesus.    (Luke 5: 17-26)   How shall I live this Word? In this highly symbolic account, we see stylized through an enthralling narration, the dynamics of divine grace that allows humanity to rise from the baseness into which it had fallen after sin, to attain salvation, to begin again to live in a new creation. In the Church, and only in it, we can experience being led to the One who not only speaks and proclaims salvation, but who makes His word operational, who gives...