Monday, December 22, 2014

Monday, December 22, 2014

Psalm 80
Isaiah 29:13–24        
Revelation 21:22—22.5    
Lk 1:39–48a(48b–56)

God listens and God responds. The pulse of the peoples’ pain and desire in Psalm 80 was so palpable; a psalm of remorse and lamentation, repentance and petition. Restore us, O God; Make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved. Psalm 80: 3,7,19

A cry for forgiveness; for God to hear and to rescue them as they acknowledge their weakness and waywardness of spirit and beseech God for another chance; for new life! And because God so loves us he sent his only son into the world, not to condemn but to save the world through him and that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  John 3:16-17

I identified with our ancestors as I thought about how many times I myself have strayed.  Can you? How many times in my own life have I, with wayward spirit, wandered off track as I followed the devices and desires of my own heart?  The many times that I have prayed:  Make haste O God to deliver me, O Lord make haste to help me! (Psalm 70:1) or Create in me a pure heart, O Lord; renew a right spirit within me? (Psalm 51:10)

I recalled the times God has restored my own life. I think about us
collectively, and how we need to continue to pray Restore us, O God; Make your face shine upon us, that we may be saved when we consider the chaos of the world in our time.

God hears and God responds. So as we reflect on the readings this Advent season may we also sing and pray Mary’s love song: My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour.

May the God of all fill us with love, and the joy and peace of believing through the life-giving power of the Holy Spirit.

- Sr. Rhonda Cross, SSJD

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