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Saturday, Second Week of Advent

December 10, 2011

May the splendor of Your glory dawn in our hearts,
we pray, almighty God,
that all shadows of the night may be scattered
and we may be shown to be children of light
by the advent of Your Only Begotten Son.
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11 (the glory of Elijah)
Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 “Lord, make us turn to You,
let us see Your Face and we shall be saved”
+ Matthew 17:10-13 (Jesus refers to St. John the Baptist as Elijah)

Glorious fire. Flaring like a torch!


Or threatening?

Our response to Light says a lot about us.

the prophet Elijah arose like a fire, his words flaring like a torch
-Sirach 48:1

Jezebel and her ilk tried long and hard to put that fire out.
Elijah spent much of his life in hiding (I Kings 17-19).

St. John the Baptist, too, arose like a fire, in the spirit of Elijah (Matthew 10:10-13).
King Herod (on behalf of his illegitimate wife) snuffed him (Mark 6:17-28).

But these were only precursors.

The real light that gives light to every man
was coming into the world
-John 1:9

God is light;
in Him there is no darkness
-I John 1:5

The night is far spent,
the dawn is at hand
-Romans 13:12

the Lord will dawn on you in radiant beauty
-Morning Prayer, responsory from Tuesday, Week II

Then what?

The judgment of the world is this:
the light came into the world,
but men loved darkness rather than light
because their deeds were wicked.
Everyone who practises evil hates the light;
he does not come near it for fear his deeds will be exposed.
But he who acts in truth comes into the light
to make clear that his deeds are done in God
-John 3:19-21

Christmas is the dawn of God’s glory,
the approach of the One Who dwells in inapproachable Light (I Timothy 6:16).

But what if we have something to hide?

Will we flee?
Will we try to snuff the Light?
It’s been tried before…tragically.
But who admires Jezebel? Or aspires to be like Herod?

It doesn’t work anyway.

No creature is concealed from Him,
but everything is naked and exposed to Him to whom we must render an account
-Hebrews 4:13

We might as well face facts and ‘fess up.

this Light is healing!

for you who fear My Name, there will arise the Sun of Righteousness
with healing in his wings
and you shall go forth and frolic as calves of the stall
-Malachi 4:2 (or 3:20)

If we allow the Light to soften and purify our hearts,
filling them with godly deeds done in the fullness of truth,
then we will love the light of Christmas, bask in it, glory in it!

O Lord of hosts, restore us;
let Your face shine on us and we shall be safe
-Psalm 80:3

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