Advent 2017

Second Saturday of Advent - December 16th

Sir 48: 1-4, 9-11 / Ps 80: 2-3, 15-16, 18-19 / Mt 17: 9-13

Today’s gospel reading from Matthew begins with a simple reference to Jesus and his disciples coming down from the mountain. This image, and the representation of the mountain in the gospel, invites a reflection on the very nature of our spiritual lives, of our walking with Jesus.

In scripture and in spiritual writing the mountain is a retreat, a perspective that is elevated which allows us to separate ourselves from the day-to-day in order to gain perspective. It is easy in the times that we are living to spend every moment of our day distracted. The busyness of our lives is so all pervasive that we hardly notice that we are overlooking our relationship with Jesus. Even our prayer lives can be rushed, or benignly neglected.

The grace of scripture, and the overall invitation of Advent, is God reaching through the ordinariness of our experience with a gentle invitation to pay closer attention to something higher. Today God gives us this psalm, “Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved”. The scripture speaks to us in the immediacy of our own lives, reminding us of the deepest things and calling us to a spiritual perception that protects us from missing the call of God. Advent serves as a retreat for all Christians. It beckons us to climb the mountain with Jesus and to look down at our lives with the perspective of heaven.

Take a moment now to pray the words “Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved”. Let this be a moment of yes, as God leads us the mountaintop to shift our perspective and to strengthen our commitment to bringing the living Christ into our lives and into our fragile world.

Rev. David Cregan, OSA