Our founder, Saint Peter Julian Eymard, loved Saint Paul’s theology and encouragement, especially in readings like today. We are reminded of the “end times” and how we have nothing to fear, for the times and seasons will guide us as we wait in joyful hope for the coming of the Lord. Eymard’s view that “tomorrow will be too late” encourages us to keep being ready for Christ’s return while encouraging and strengthening one another. There is nothing more Eucharistic than building up one another, affirming and complimenting them to help them be a better person. This is part of the “good things of the Lord” we see here on earth now.
Today is a day to see the positive good of so much around us. In our different personalities, some of us struggle with seeing the glass half full or positive realities. The Psalm reminds us that the loveliness of the Lord is always present. What a blessing that God wishes to nourish and feed us each day! We are constantly being filled and cared for, part of the “good things in the land of the living.”
Returning to the weekday lectionary and Luke’s Gospel, we hear the marvelous beginnings of Christ’s ministry. Are we still astonished that we are instructed and encouraged each day? If we suffer from negativity, could we pray for this demon’s release and the Holy Spirit’s hope to cure us to be positive and affirming?
We hope to grow in holiness all year, but Advent Time and our Mass (see the embolism in the Lord’s Prayer) focus our attention on the coming of Christ. As we wait, let’s pass the encouragement and affirmation around to build up the spirit of joy that will make each of us a better servant of Christ.
Maranatha of God! Come into our hearts and quiet the unsettled ways of our life! Renew our resolve to see and seek the blessings which regularly give us hope and encouragement. May we always cherish these blessings and share them with our sisters and brothers! Through Christ our Lord.