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Friday, second week of Advent, 2010

December 10, 2010

Blessed Friday!

All-powerful God,
help us to look forward in hope to the coming of our Savior.
May we live as He has taught,
ready to welcome Him with burning love and faith.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.  Amen. (Opening Prayer from today’s Mass)

Isaiah 48:17-19 (if we learn from God, we will prosper)
Psalm 1:1-6 “Those who follow You, Lord, will have the light of life”
+ Matthew 11:16-19 (some people won’t follow anybody)

Time will prove where wisdom lies
-Matthew 11:19

Time..not just eternity…!

The benefits of doing things God’s way aren’t limited to Heaven.
Those who see religion as the “opiate of the Masses” or “pie in the sky by and by”
have blindly locked themselves out of the only true meaning,
the only deep satisfaction that life has to offer.
Even in time, even in the midst of this fleeting life,
we can experience the wisdom of God’s instruction.

A story my husband relayed the other night bears this out.
Over the past few months, the chaplain at the school where he teaches
has asked faculty members to give a five minute witness
at the beginning of the weekly school Masses.
This weeks’ story came from a man who had it all:
great job, lots of money, happy family, lots of fun…but he wasn’t satisfied.
Something was missing.

It wasn’t tragedy that made him re-examine his priorities,
it was emptiness–
emptiness in the midst of everything the world says should’ve made life worth living.

Time proved to him where wisdom lies.
It changed his life.

When God promised that delighting in His law,
meditating on it day and night,
would make a man prosperous, blessed (see Psalm 1:1-3),
He wasn’t just talking about money or popularity or security or fun.
All of those things fall short.
None of them can do more than sugar-coat the outside of life.
They can never satisfy the most profound longings of the heart.

What God offers is much deeper.
It has less to do with whether you fast,
disciplining your body in order to feed your soul,
or whether you eat and drink, giving thanks for the good things God’s provided,
than with taking the focus off of yourself and putting it on God.

He’s the One with the answers!

Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or do anything else,
do all for the glory of God
-I Corinthians 10:31

As we go through this season of Advent,
so often associated with eating and drinking and enjoying the good things of life,
are we looking to God for the meaning in what we’re doing?
Or is it all empty?
Are we hearkening to His commandments, delighting in His law,
doing everything for His glory?

We can, you know.
That’s the way God designed us to work.
We can offer Him our pleasures as well as our suffering.
In fact, it’s all the more important that we do,
since pleasures are far more spiritually dangerous for us than pains.

Wherever you are, whatever you’re doing,
place yourself in His Presence. Unite your life with His.
There’s no better place to be
in time…or eternity.

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