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Friday, Second Week of Advent

December 14, 2012

Blessed St. John of the Cross’s Day!

St. John of the Cross

You can find his story here.

Entrance Antiphon:
May I never boast except in the Cross of our Lord Jesus Christ,
through which the world is crucified to me and I to the world.

Collect:
O God, Who gave the Priest Saint John
an outstanding dedication to perfect self-denial
and love of the Cross,
grant that, by imitating him closely at all times,
we may come to contemplate eternally Your glory.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Readings:
I Corinthians 2:1-10 (We speak God’s wisdom, mysterious, hidden)
Psalm 37:3-6, 30-31 “The mouth of the just murmurs wisdom”
+ Luke 14:25-33 (if you do not renounce worldly attachments, you cannot be My disciple)

We just don’t “get” this on our own.

We speak God’s wisdom, mysterious, hidden…
which none of the rulers of this age knew
-I Corinthians 2:7, 8

You’d think the rulers ought to know,
if anybody would–
especially religious ones.
But they’re the ones
most in the dark,
who crucified the Lord.

What eye has not seen, and ear has not heard,
and what has not entered the human heart,
what God has prepared for those who love Him
-I Corinthians 2:9

It simply never dawns on us!

We cannot “get it”
’till we’ve “got it”–
that costs everything.

Everything

‘Cause that’s the wisdom!
We don’t need a lick of what we have.

Does not compute.

Exactly.

That’s what Eve and Adam thought
in grasping fruit
that wasn’t theirs to take.
I need this thing!
(this family, this dream)
It ruined them.

It ruins us
until we count the awful cost
and let it go.

The key is trust,
belief in Love.

Trust in the Lord and do good…
take delight in the Lord,
and He will grant your heart’s requests.
Commit to the Lord your way;
trust in Him and He will act,
He will make justice dawn for you like the light
-Psalm 37:3, 4-6

He’s all we need.

The rest comes from His open hand–
and Heart:

Seek first the Kingdom of God and His justice,
and all these things shall be given you besides
-Matthew 6:33

We can’t be filled in any other way.

The things we grasp will turn on us,
destroy our peace,
enslave our hearts.
We must be free
in God.

That is the mystery of Christ
the lesson of the Cross:
self-emptying
to be filled up
with God–
with love, with peace, with hope,
with joy, with everything.

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