Saturday, December 04, 2010

First Saturday of Advent

Reflection based on Matthew 9: 35-10: 1, 5a, 6-8

The Heart of His Kingdom

We instinctively love those who we know love us. A thought that springs up from reflecting on this Gospel is the urgency with which Jesus wants us to know of his deep love for us. Moved by this love, Jesus instructs his apostles to make only one proclamation to express love that otherwise cannot be expressed in its entirety. This announcement, "the kingdom of heaven is at hand," represents all measure of spiritual conquest and is now much nearer to us.

Our Lord came up with this practical phrase to reach troubled crowds in a simply way, and yet the content of the message is so universal that there is no limit to its breadth. His love extends to each and every person who welcomes it. This gift cannot be expressed exhaustively because the gift is a divine person.

Jesus did not come to make something known but rather someone, namely, himself. he came so that we could meet him and become his friends. The love Jesus expresses for troubled people in the Gospel invites a hopeful response with regard both to the past and the future. Even when life seems like a mix of sunshine and gray, this Gospel reminds us that Jesus was not indifferent and will not be indifferent to what may happen to us.

Heavenly Father, grant us the grace of the Spirit of life to live the gift of love that Jesus has revealed. May your love envelop us and sustain us in life and unto eternity.


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