December 11, 2017 – Monday in the 2nd Week of Advent

Saint for the day: Damasus – (304 – December 11, 384)

Scripture Readings for today’s Liturgy

Isaiah 35:1-10 – Psalm85 – Luke 5:17-26

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

 Today, the images from our Isaiah reading continue to show us that Messiah will bring about a new situation in the desert: not only will the way be leveled but water will spring up to bring the desert back to life. These readings are intended to help us see that God is the restorer of whatever hard and harsh situation we find ourselves stuck in. The rough, desert path will be turned into a Highway for the Lord. God opens up a “way” for us to get back to Him.

The Gospel builds on this theme with the story of the paralytic who can’t get to Jesus by the ordinary path but is able when his friends “open up” a way through the roof! It’s an image that boggles the mind. Imagine, if you were waiting round on a stretcher and friends told you that they were going to lower you into the hospital surgery through a hole in the roof? This reminds us that we are brought to Jesus when we allow those closest to us to help us get into the presence of Jesus. Then, He will be able to free us – not only of our paralysis – but also of our sinfulness. These two things seem to go together and are necessary for Jesus to heal us. Can we pray for the Lord to forgive our sins? Or are we too proud to even admit our sinfulness in the presence of this God who wants to make us whole? It’s not enough for our friends to go to extraordinary means to bring us to Jesus if we don’t first allow Jesus to heal us of our sinfulness. Amen!

 

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