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The Path to Light

December 18, 2013

Reflection

 

The first scripture addresses the fact that false prophets will not win out, because in the end God will gather his flock unto himself, where it will increase in size. Is it not the same with any form of misleading? Nothing done in dark stays secret, for all things come to light in the end. It is only in living in the light that we can flourish, without the undue burden of being found out.

 

The gospel reading reminds us not to judge, but practice discernment when confronted with situations that give us pain or concern. We must allow time to pass for understanding. In the scripture, Joseph finds compassion through his dream… the angel tells Joseph that Mary has not dishonored him, but that the child she was carrying, through the power of the Holy Spirit, would one day lead the world. His faith led him to respect the will of God. We too need to slow down when making assumptions, drawing conclusions, and passing judgment. In any given situation always look for the path to light.

 

Thought Questions

 

Can you think of a time when you made an assumption, acted on it, and later learned that you had bad information?

Did your action cause harm? Did you try to fix it? Would it have been better not to act?

 

Prayer

 

Heavenly father, when in darkness, show us the light; when in doubt, show us the way; when in fear, give us strength, and when we are tempted to judge, make us humble with your Grace. May we see the act of the Holy Spirit in our daily lives, especially in times of doubt. Amen.

 

By Sherril Lombard

 

 

 

Readings

 

Reading 1 JER 23:5-8

 

Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD,
when I will raise up a righteous shoot to David;
As king he shall reign and govern wisely,
he shall do what is just and right in the land.
In his days Judah shall be saved,
Israel shall dwell in security.
This is the name they give him:
“The LORD our justice.”

Therefore, the days will come, says the LORD,
when they shall no longer say, “As the LORD lives,
who brought the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt”;
but rather, "As the LORD lives,
who brought the descendants of the house of Israel
up from the land of the north”– 
and from all the lands to which I banished them;
they shall again live on their own land.

 

Responsorial Psalm PS 72:1-2, 12-13, 18-19

 

R. (see 7) Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
O God, with your judgment endow the king,
and with your justice, the king’s son;
He shall govern your people with justice
and your afflicted ones with judgment.

For he shall rescue the poor when he cries out,
and the afflicted when he has no one to help him.
He shall have pity for the lowly and the poor;
the lives of the poor he shall save.

Blessed be the LORD, the God of Israel,
who alone does wondrous deeds.
And blessed forever be his glorious name;
may the whole earth be filled with his glory.

 

Gospel MT 1:18-25

 

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. 
When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph,
but before they lived together,
she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. 
Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man,
yet unwilling to expose her to shame,
decided to divorce her quietly. 
Such was his intention when, behold,
the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, 
“Joseph, son of David,
do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. 
For it is through the Holy Spirit
that this child has been conceived in her. 
She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.” 
All this took place to fulfill
what the Lord had said through the prophet:

Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel,

which means “God is with us.” 
When Joseph awoke,
he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him
and took his wife into his home. 
He had no relations with her until she bore a son,
and he named him Jesus.

Tags: joseph, mary, false prophets, holy spirit, judgment, will of god, darkness, light, path to light, advent season, advent, advent retreat, retreat, st agatha

Comments

Jesus bravo  |  Sta agatha  |  December 18, 2013  |  11:43 PM

Hoy, en el evanjelio que le toco compartia ha sherril lombart, mire como la misericordia de nuestro Señor Dios, se apiada de nosotros;             Medoy Cuenca como hoy en la actualidad Dios quiere ser parte de mi visa diaria, pero no he querido aceptarlo, en la forma de como vivo mi cristianismo, el ser cristiano no me hace meresedor del reino, es como lo vivo con los demas, tenor doles paciencia, compaction, Amor, servicio y lo principal, el poder escucharlos, nosotros como personas no ocupamos Amor solamente sino ha alguien que nos comprenda y escutche pero con el corazon, que Dios los vendiga y los llene de vendiciones, mis mejor es deseos de mi parte y de mi familia, Jesus,Erica, Natalie Guadalupe y jose Jesus bravo.


Dee Dee  |  Long Beach  |  December 18, 2013  |  8:11 PM

Sherrill,  thank you for your beautiful meditation. You've opened my eyes to understanding that slowing down is best way to deal with both the challenges and joys of life.

 


Dee Dee  |  Long Beach  |  December 18, 2013  |  8:07 PM

I love your meditation today.  Slowing down seems to be the best  way of dealing with both the challenges and the joys of  this life.

 


Sandra Domingue  |  LA  |  December 18, 2013  |  2:37 PM

Sherril, thank you for a wonderful reflection. Hey, you woke me up this morning and started me on my way, IN THE LIGHT!!!


Fr. Bill  |  LA  |  December 18, 2013  |  2:00 PM

Thanks Sherill, for drawing our attention to the lesson Joseph had to learn about not judging. I think another thing he learned was that in his darkness and confusion over what to do to save his reputation and that of Mary--as he wrestled with the "right thing to do,"--he found that all the stuff he was debating in his mind "wasn't the issue at all." Rather, God was at work--"God is with us," will, in fact, be the name of the child that seems to be causing the upset! So, another thing we learn from this set of readings is that when things look bleak, and hopeless and difficult, and we don't know which way to turn, and maybe even our "good name" is on the line......it may just be that "God is stirring things up!" Joseph learned at the opening of the Gospel story that in life's trial "God is with us" often in surprising and unthought of ways.


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