Amos 7: 10 – 17
Psalm 26, 28
Revelation 1: 9 –16
Matthew 22: 34 – 46
Here we are in the middle of Advent. This is a time we prepare for the birth of Jesus into this finite world - to become one with us, to reveal God’s intentions for us, to teach us how we should live. A time to reflect on the mystery of Creation and the oneness, the commonality of the human family to whom He comes.
I struggled with today’s readings, trying to find inspiration. They seemed to be pointing to dividedness; division between good and evil; division between those who follow God’s way and those who choose another way. They point to consequences for those who do not follow the right way - exile, removal from God’s presence. They talk about isolating oneself from those who do not follow God’s way and a plea for rewarding those who do. Where then does this lead us? How are we to live with those around us? How are we to live in a world coming at us incessantly in the daily news?
I finally found hope. There, in the middle of all of these questions, was the answer. We are called “to love the Lord our God with all our hearts, with all our souls, and with all our minds and to love our neighbours as ourselves.” We make it so complicated and yet it is really so simple. My prayer is that each one of us will find the strength of the Holy Spirit to follow this commandment as we prepare to enter the Holy Season of Christmas - where the emphasis is on love.