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Thursday, first week of Advent

December 6, 2007

Blessed St. Nicholas’ Day! (look for his story in the “saints of Advent” category)

For our treasure hunt today, let’s reflect on the deeper meaning of Santa Claus and Christmas stockings, seeing in them a symbol of St. Nicholas (and the Communion of Saints in general, for that matter–they’re all excited about Christmas!), who always points us to Jesus.

Isaiah 26: 1-6 (the just will live in a protected city, but the lofty will be trampled underfoot)
Psalm 118:1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27 “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord”
+ Matthew 7:21, 24-27 (build your house on God’s will, so it will stand)

Today’s readings could be summed up by the old adage, “Put your money where your mouth is.”

It’s not enough to say “Lord, Lord”. It’s not even enough to prophesy in His Name, to cast out demons or to work miracles if we haven’t built our lives on the rock foundation of obedience to His commands. Obedience is better than sacrifice (I Samuel 15:22). Prophesy, exorcism and miracles may be very impressive to other people, but they fall flat under the tempest of God’s judgement if they’re built on the sands of “doing things my way”.

On the flip side, those who build their lives on the wisdom of God’s Truth, who do the will of our Father in Heaven, are assured of divine peace amid the worst of life’s storms, no matter how weak they may be themselves. In their house, their city, they will enjoy the company of the just (saints!–what delightful companions!). The feeblest of them will trample underfoot the proud and the lofty who now seem so unassailable.

What can I do to act on God’s will today?

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