Friday Of The First Week of Advent

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Reading 1 – Isaiah 29:17-24

Thus says the Lord GOD:
But a very little while,
and Lebanon shall be changed into an orchard,
and the orchard be regarded as a forest!
On that day the deaf shall hear
the words of a book;
And out of gloom and darkness,
the eyes of the blind shall see.
The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD,
and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
For the tyrant will be no more
and the arrogant will have gone;
All who are alert to do evil will be cut off,
those whose mere word condemns a man,
Who ensnare his defender at the gate,
and leave the just man with an empty claim.
Therefore thus says the LORD,
the God of the house of Jacob,
who redeemed Abraham:
Now Jacob shall have nothing to be ashamed of,
nor shall his face grow pale.
When his children see
the work of my hands in his midst,
They shall keep my name holy;
they shall reverence the Holy One of Jacob,
and be in awe of the God of Israel.
Those who err in spirit shall acquire understanding,
and those who find fault shall receive instruction.
Gospel: Matthew 9:27-31
As Jesus passed by, two blind men followed him, crying out,
“Son of David, have pity on us!”
When he entered the house,
the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them,
“Do you believe that I can do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they said to him.
Then he touched their eyes and said,
“Let it be done for you according to your faith.”
And their eyes were opened.
Jesus warned them sternly,
“See that no one knows about this.”
But they went out and spread word of him through all that land.
Reflection

There are three levels of reflection with which Isaiah shows us the great transformation of God and the salvation that is to come.

  1. Isaiah shows us a somewhat hazy landscape. He says: imagine the mountains of Lebanon. These are rugged wooded mountains full of rocks, large tree roots and bushes. No one can think of sowing grain there or intending to harvest fruit. But after a while everything will be different: instead of rocky land, there will be fertile land for tillage, a lovely garden, a paradise, more beautiful than everything that has been seen. Yes, it is that God will begin to act. in this way God will transform the earth covered with sin and heal it and will do it again in a fertile farmland. That promises us God; We can rejoice from the heart for this!

Isaiah describes even more precisely what God will do. It is no longer more of a vague landscape, but rather it is specifically about people. Suddenly the deaf will hear, the blind will see, the poor will rejoice in the Lord, the needy will rejoice over what they receive from God. With this announcement of salvation we can see the heart of God. God only has good in mind for us. God wants to help all who suffer and promises that the shortcomings will have an end. keep in mind that God announces a great change, to be better and he will take care of it.

  1. It is worth continuing to look in more detail. Isaiah prophesied: “On that day the deaf may hear the reading of the book.” What ‘book’ do you mean? There is only one book, that is, the scriptures. There we see that it is not a bodily deafness, but a spiritual deafness that God wants to heal. This is about people who have not yet tended to the Bible, suddenly recognize the spiritual riches of the word of God found in it. So also God heals spiritual blindness; it dawns with the sun of the Gospel
  1. Now we see more clearly: the change of God has already taken place, for Jesus has risen from the dead and we live with him and through him in the kingdom of God. We believe that together with God we are safe and secure. God has redeemed us and will give us the promised eternal life. We are baptized, and if someone is baptized and has understood what that baptism is about, that is, if they also had the possibility once in their life to accept Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior, – that means becoming – then from there in his life ‘nothing will be as before’ – everything has been bathed in the joyful light of the gospel. God will lead us there, where finally our natural eyes can also see with total sharpness and clarity, the love he has for us.

Prayer

Dear Heavenly Father, help us understand that we are all called to conversion, and that you wait for us with open arms, give us the ability to see and hear you through your word so that it may work in us with strength and efficiency. Amen

Fr. Bernardo Cardona

Associate Pastor – Sacred Heart of Jesus American National Catholic Church


 

Reflexion

Hay tres niveles de reflexión con los cuales Isaías nos muestra la gran transformación de Dios y la salvación que está por venir.

1. Isaías nos muestra un paisaje un tanto nebuloso. El dice: imagínense las montañas del Líbano. Estas son agrestes montañas boscosas llenas de rocas, raíces grandes árboles y matorrales. Nadie puede llegar a pensar de sembrar allí grano o de tener la intención de cosechar frutas. Pero luego de un tiempo todo será diferente: en lugar de tierra rocosa, habrá tierra fértil para labranza, un jardín encantador, un paraíso, más lindo que todo lo que se haya visto. Sí, es que Dios comenzará a actuar. así transformará Dios a la tierra cubierta de pecado y la sanará y la hará otra vez en tierra fértil de labranza. Eso nos promete Dios; ¡ya podemos alegrarnos de corazón por esto!

Isaías nos describe aún de forma más precisa lo que Dios hará. No se trata ya más de un vago paisaje, sino que se trata en concreto de gente. De repente los sordos oirán, los ciegos verán, los pobres volverán a alegrarse en el Señor, los más necesitados se regocijarán por lo que reciban de Dios. Con este anuncio de salvación podemos ver el corazón de Dios. Dios sólo tiene en mente lo bueno para nosotros. Dios quiere ayudar a todos los que sufren y promete que las carencias tendrán su fin. ten en cuenta que Dios te anuncia un gran cambio, para ser mejor y él mismo se encargará de ello.

2. Vale la pena seguir mirando con más detalle. Isaías profetizó: “En aquel día podrán los sordos oír la lectura del libro”. ¿A qué ‘libro’ se refiere? Hay sólo un libro, es decir la Biblia. Allí vemos que, no se trata de una sordera corporal, sino de una sordera espiritual la que Dios quiere sanar. Aquí se trata de que las personas que hasta el momento no hayan tendido a la Biblia, de repente reconozcan las riquezas espirituales de la palabra de Dios que, se encuentra en ella. Así también Dios sana la ceguera espiritual; se amanece con el sol del Evangelio

3. Ahora vemos más claro: el cambio de Dios ya ha tenido lugar, pues Jesús ha resucitado de entre los muertos y vivimos con él y por medio de él en el reino de Dios. creemos que junto a Dios estamos a salvo y seguros. Dios nos ha redimido y nos dará la vida eterna prometida. Estamos bautizados, y si alguien está bautizado y ha comprendido de qué se trata ese bautismo, es decir si tuvo también la posibilidad una vez en su vida de aceptar a Jesucristo como su Señor y Salvador, –eso significa convertirse– entonces a partir de allí en su vida ‘ya nada será como antes’– todo se ha bañado con la luz gozosa del evangelio. Dios nos conducirá hacia allá, donde al fin también nuestros ojos naturales podrán ver con total agudeza y claridad, el amor que él nos tiene. Amén.

FR BERNARDO C.

Oracion

Amadísimo padre Celestial, ayúdanos a entender que todos estamos llamados a la conversión, y que tu nos esperas con los brazos abiertos, danos la capacidad de ver y de escucharte a través de tu palabra para que esta obre en nosotros con fuerza y eficacia Amen

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