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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