Advent 2015

First Thursday in Advent - December 3rd

Is 26: 1-6 / Ps 118: 1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27 / Mt 7: 21, 24-27

At the end of his Gospel account, after relating pages and pages of events in his experience with Jesus, John the Evangelist concludes by saying, "There are still many others things that Jesus did, yet if they were written about in detail, I doubt there would be room enough in the entire world to hold the books to record them." Perhaps John is using a little bit of Jewish hyperbole here, - Jesus only lived to be 33, after all, - but his point is well made, nonetheless. We might not know all we would like about Jesus, but we know a great deal, and certainly we know everything that is needed in order to follow him as committed disciples.

Jesus himself has told us what is truly essential in just a few words - love God, love yourself and love your neighbor, - everything else in the Gospels amounts to commentary, illustrations, or examples of how to put this central principle into practice. It is not so terribly important, then, that we know a lot more, but rather that we LIVE what we know and that we do so with love.

Jesus always invites us to get to the heart of what truly matters in life, to go down into the deepest part of ourselves, to find what motivates and inspires our behavior and attitudes - and to allow that to be formed and fashioned by the great commandment of love. He asks us to be authentic, to know ourselves, to be persons of integrity, whose words and deeds truly conform to what is most real inside, and which give evidence of what we truly believe. On this firm foundation we build our house of faith, which is made visible in all we do.

Rev. Michael Di Gregorio, OSA
Prior Provincial