Saturday from the 34e week in ordinary time (Lk 21: 34-36)
« Rbe awake and pray at all times ”, said Jesus. He announces troubled times which prefigure the coming of the Kingdom of God and which require great vigilance. “What must happen” is not explained in today’s Gospel, but engages the passing character of heaven and earth in the face of a Word that does not pass (yesterday’s Gospel) and is part of the desolation of a destroyed Jerusalem which gives way to the cloud of the son of man (Gospel of the day before yesterday). The various parables of the Kingdom which invite one to remain in service attire, to keep one’s lamp alight, to respond to the invitation to the feast, give yet other harmonics to the mystery of this radical transformation which “Will fall, indeed, on the inhabitants of the whole earth”.
But while this expectation could turn our eyes towards an end that is always difficult to identify, the Advent season opens up another horizon for us tomorrow. The invitation to stay awake and to pray is central here. We will prepare for us “To stand before the Son of man”, for it is precisely Him that we are waiting for at Christmas. The Son of God, who is the son of Mary and therefore the son of man, is not only expected at the end of human history, but every December 25. Let us prepare to relive the incredible event of his imminent coming.
Fr. Nicolas Tarralle (Augustine of the Assumption)
Other texts: Dn 7, 15-27; Canticle Dn 3: 82-87.
Monday of the 1re Advent week (Mt 8, 5-11)
Today the Gospel puts us in the presence of a Roman centurion who comes to find Jesus, with discretion and simplicity, but with a heavy heart, not for himself but for his servant. He said to Jesus: “Lord, my servant is lying at home paralyzed and in terrible pain. “ How not to admire the humanity of this officer of the Roman occupation army in service at Capernaum? How not to be touched also by Jesus’ sober answer: “I’m going to go and heal him. ” ?
An amazing dialogue ensues between Jesus and the centurion: “Lord, I am not worthy for you to come under my roof, but only say a word and my servant will be healed. I myself, who am subject to an authority, have soldiers under my orders; to one, I say: “Go”, and he goes; to another: “Come”, and he comes, and to my slave: “Do this”, and he does it. “
Opposite are the living faith of the centurion and the mercy of Jesus who is touched in the depths of himself. How could this pagan officer perceive the mysterious secret which inhabited the heart of Jesus? We admire the astonishing respect he had for this messiah of Israel: he is an example of humility and great faith.
At each Eucharist, before receiving the body of Christ, we repeat the word of faith received from this pagan: “Lord, I’m not worthy for you to come to me, just say one Word and I’ll be healed. “
A sister of Carmel de Frileuse
Other texts: Is 2, 1-5; Ps 121.