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Monday, Third week of Advent

December 16, 2013

JMJ

Blessed Monday!

Entrance Antiphon:
Hear the word of the Lord, O nations;
declare it to the distant lands:
Behold, our Savior will come;
you need no longer fear.

Collect:
Incline a merciful ear to our cry, we pray, O Lord,
and, casting light on the darkness of our hearts,
visit us with the grace of Your Son.
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God for ever and ever.

Readings:
Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17 (Balaam’s prediction of the Messiah)
Psalm 25: 4-9 “Teach me Your ways, O Lord
+Matthew 21:23-27 (The Pharisees won’t take a stand on whether John’s baptism was of human or divine origin)

How dare you
upset our designs
and tell us what to do!

We throw the curse at God
and cross our arms,
belligerence
in every breath.

He calls our bluff.

We do not really want to know.
We want to bend His will
to ours
by force of threat.

How laughable!

He can’t fear us!

He gives us time to take it in.
There is a power
not derived
from man’s applause.

It comes from Him
and can be had
when we obey
His law
instead of ours.

Am I free to do what I know is right or am I too afraid of discomfort or the disapproval of others?
Do I want an honest answer from God, or will I only accept what I want to hear?

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