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Monday, First Week of Advent, 2010

November 29, 2010

Blessed Monday!

Lord our God, help us to prepare for the coming of Christ Your Son.
May He find us waiting, eager in joyful prayer.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God forever and ever. Amen.

Readings:
Isaiah 4:2-6 (once God purifies Jerusalem, He will be her shelter and protection)
Psalm 122:1-9 “I rejoiced when I heard them say: let us go to the house of the Lord”
+Matthew 8:5-11 (“I am not worthy to have You under my roof”)

“…the Lord washes away the filth of the daughters of Zion”
-Isaiah 4:4

“I will come and cure him”
-Matthew 8:7

Those wrong paths we’ve been wandering down haven’t only led us astray.
The things we’ve met along the way have begrimed and sickened us too.
Returning to the right path is a necessary first step,
but we still need God’s purification and healing before we enter
“the banquet in the Kingdom of God with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob” (Matthew 8:11).

Fortunately for us, He’s more eager for this than we are!

The remnant of Israel (an image of the Church) will be purified, made holy (Isaiah 4:4).
And no sooner does the centurion plead his case, than Jesus proposes to enter his house with healing. Jesus is “the branch of the Lord” (Isaiah 4:1) Whose leaves serve as medicine for the nations (Revelation 22:2); the Sun of Righteousness Who arises with healing in His wings
(see Malachi 4:2/3:20–numberings differ).

This is the Child for Whose coming we prepare.
And the good news is that we don’t have to stay grimy and sick until Christmas!

Just as space was no obstacle to Jesus’ cure of the centurion’s servant, so time is no obstacle now. The only obstacle is our willingness, and that’s completely under our control!

“Now is the acceptable time! Now is the day of salvation!”
-II Corinthians 6:2

Today we can go rejoicing to His house (see Psalm 122:1) to be healed and purified
in the sacrament of Confession (by appointment, if nothing else).
Today (if we’re at least spiritually alive–not dead in mortal sin)
we can receive Him under our roof with His healing, cleansing Presence in Holy Communion (despite our echo of the centurion’s protest of unworthiness).

Then His glory will be a protection over us,
a shelter from the burning heat by day and refuge from storm and rain.
There will be peace in Jerusalem (holy Mother Church).

Because of my relatives and friends
I will say, “Peace be within you!”
Because of the house of the Lord, our God,
I will pray for your good -Psalm 122:8-9

May God bless your healing, purifying encounter with the Lord.

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