Advent 2017

First Tuesday of Advent - December 5th

Is 11: 1-10 / Ps 72: 1, 7-8, 12-13, 17 / Lk 10: 21-24

In today’s Gospel reading from Luke, Jesus is rejoicing after His disciples return from the mission He has sent them on. Jesus praises God for this in Luke 10:21 and says that God’s will is not revealed to the wise and knowledgeable, but rather, it is revealed to the childlike. At times, we may feel like we need to have a grand faith or be perfect people in order to grow and build our relationship with God. Rather, in today’s Gospel reading from Luke, we are reminded that what we truly need is a childlike faith and to place our complete trust in our Savior. In doing this, our hearts become open to receiving God’s will for us. We can learn from the childlike faith of the disciples in this reading, who wholeheartedly trusted Jesus. They obeyed what Jesus asked of them, even when they did not completely understand His plan.

It is easy to get caught up in what we want for ourselves, to expect a certain plan for our lives according to our own desires, or to demand a certain outcome from God. When we relinquish these expectations and place our trust in God, the Holy Spirit can fill us fully and our will is aligned with God’s will for us. Like today’s reading in Isaiah 11:2 says, “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: a Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, a Spirit of counsel and of strength, a Spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord.”

Although we may not always understand what God is asking of us, He orchestrates the details perfectly. Just as He rejoiced when the disciples returned from their mission, Jesus rejoices when we place our full trust in Him. During this Advent season, let us step out in humility and say, "Jesus, I place my trust in you."

Christina Goumas
College of Nursing – Class of 2018