Jesus coming is always ahead of us

Sunday December 16th, 2012, is the Third Sunday of Advent, Year C.

Lectio:  Read the Gospel text from Luke 3:10-18.   Read it slowly and reflectively, and maybe a second time.  Try to read aloud rather than with the mind.  Listen to the text as you read.  Stand back from it and ponder.

Meditatio:  Some background to help us understand the text and respond to it.

Of this Gospel text, Fr Karl Rahner comments:  “The Baptist stands in the Advent period.  He fits into our Advent season.  For isn’t our life still Advent:  faith, expectation, patience, and longing for what is not yet visible?  The Baptist is not a reed shaken by the wind.  He believes, despite everything.  He is the messenger preparing the way for God, in his own life and heart first of all…We are in Advent all through our lives, for we Christians await one who is still to come.  Only then shall we be proved right.  Until then, however, the world seems to be right.  ‘The world will laugh, you will weep’, Our Lord said.  We too are sitting in a dungeon, in the prison of death, of unanswered questions, of our own weakness, of the hardship and tragedy of our life.  Everyday we…send the messengers of our faith and prayer to Him who will come to judge the living and the dead.  These Advent messengers will come back each time with the answer:  ‘I am coming.  Blessed are those who take no offence at me.’”

Read the Gospel text again slowly with this background…

I share my response in Evangelizatio No. 1.

EVANGELIZATIO:  My lived response to the texts with which the Church exhorts me to pray.  St. James says “Be doers of the Word.”  And the Book of Deuteronomy tells us that the Word of God is in our hands to do it. 

I ask myself, in response to this Gospel text, if I too, am a messenger preparing the way for God in my heart and mind?  About the purity of heart needed to be that messenger, a Carthusian Monk shares:  “How many times have I failed to recognise Christ, have I passed by Him, eyes blinded by my egoism, my passions …Also by my foolishness: like the Jews, am I waiting for something extraordinary, spectacular, announced with a show of strength when Christ walks close to me in the hidden mystery of a ‘banal’ humanity – banal, to the casual glance of the inattentive, but full of the divine for the one who knows how to look.”

– Sr Hildegard Ryan OSB, Jamberoo Abbey 

LECTIO DVINA IS ABOUT READING THE SACRED SCRIPTURES, REFLECTING ON THE SACRED SCRIPTURES, FROM AN INFORMED BACKGROUND.  IT IS ALLOWING THE HOLY SPIRIT TO PLAY ON THE FIBRES OF MY HEART, LIKE A HARPIST, AND BRING FORTH THE BEAUTY OF MY RESPONSE.  IN RESPONDING TO THE TEXT, MY LIFE IS CHANGED MORE AND MORE INTO CHRIST.