Monday of the Third Week in Advent

GN 49:2, 8-10, MT 1:1-17

You know why it took the Chosen People forty years of wandering in the desert in order to reach the Promised Land?  Because Moses was a man and men don’t stop and ask for directions.  It is a corny joke, but it points to a truth that there are times when we need to stop and ask for directions.

Happily there have been many holy men and women in our Catholic tradition who have been and continue to be sure guides in pointing us in the right direction.  One such wisdom person, whose feast we celebrated on Dec. 14, is St. John of the Cross. Through a life filled with many challenges, including imprisonment for a time, he found a way to be united to God through prayer and a holy life. 

John’s writings are sure guides for us today as we seek the same in our lives.  His wisdom can guide us through the dark nights of the senses and of the soul.  When God seems so far away and so absent, John teaches us that it is then when God might be the closest to our hearts.  Being faithful each day to the light, no matter how small, that God gives us will eventually lead us to the great light of God’s love.

“Where there is no love, put love and you will find love.”  (St. John of the Cross)  “Lead, kindly light amid the encircling gloom.  Lead thou me on.”  (Cardinal Newman)

Fr. Harry Grile, C.Ss.R.
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