Thursday, December 13, 2012

Advent Calendar - December 13, 2012

Isaiah 41:13-20; Psalm 14:1, 9, 10-11, 12-13ab; Matthew 11:11-15

Reflection by Sister Jeana Visel
Student in Collegeville, Minnesota

“I am the Lord, your God, who grasp your right hand; It is I who say, ‘Fear not, I will help you.’”

When we are weak and needy, it is natural to call on God for help. So often, however, we want help on our own terms: “Dear God, please change her mind.” “Dear God, please help me pay this bill.” “Dear God, please have him moved somewhere else.” Yet part of changing one’s dire situation is allowing God to be in charge. If we really are reaching out a hand to God as we ask for help, we have to be ready to be picked up and used in a completely new way. With God grasping one’s dominant hand, one can’t do much oneself. Yet in the grip of God, we become the tool, the harvester, the giver of water to the thirsty, the planter of good seeds in the wasteland. God may use us in a completely new way, putting us at the service of others. Suddenly, our own concerns aren’t so important any more, or at least, they no longer are our whole myopic world. We have to be ready: when God comes as the Redeemer to take care of us, He likely also will use us to take care of others. Thus “all may see and know, observe and understand, that the hand of the LORD has done this.”

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