Advent 2013

First Wednesday in Advent - December 4th

Is 25: 6-10 / Ps 23: 1-6 / Mt 15: 29-37

Today, Isaiah gives us a beautiful hope: that God will destroy the veil that veils all peoples, the web that is woven all nations; He will destroy death forever.” Advent is a season in which the Church recalls the promises of healing and freedom that came with the birth of Christ. Each of us has our own “webs” from which we need God’s liberation. We may struggle with a particular sin that we just can’t seem to overcome. Or we might be struggling with some area of faith that we just aren’t sure we can believe.

So long as these obstacles persist in our hearts, our ability to see God clearly is limited. The birth of Jesus marked the beginning of His conquest over the veil of death. In this Advent season, as we prepare to welcome Him into our hearts, let us use these days of preparation to examine those webs and veils over our hearts, and ask God to life them from us. In this way, Advent can help us becomes aware of how God has lifted a veil from each of our hearts.

And let us also pray for the world, that God will life these webs, as He promises through Isaiah, from “all nations.” Not just individuals, but entire countries and even the whole world are in need of this liberation. Worldwide sins and injustices have created entire structures and networks of sin that have clouded our vision of God as a people.

When individuals and communities allow God to lift these veils of sin, faithlessness, and injustice, we will experience the longing of Advent and the joy of Christmas in a new way. We will “rejoice and be glad that he has saved us!”

Ryan Baptista
Graduate Student – College of Liberal Arts & Sciences