Matthew 7:21, 24-27
The Word of Life
Out of chaos and darkness, came Creation with a zillion wonders of nature and humanity! Out of winter and the shortest days (and the daily stuff that we face) comes the beginning of the new reign of justice and harmony, and the intimacy of God in the Son. This Advent season, I want to get a "handle on" Jesus the Christ, the Anointed One, being reborn in me. I watch for images in the daily Word that indicate God’s leading me into this close relationship with the Son. Today, it is a city and a house. Fr. Martin Pable, OFM, helps me understand these images when he writes " There is the lofty city -one that exalts itself and trusts in its own resources; and a strong city – one that trusts in God and keeps faith." The house built on rock is the Word upon which I trust, to act for the sake of the new kingdom. During Advent I want to strengthen the discipline of paying close attention to the Word, trusting that even in the most difficult situations and temptations, these can be opportunities to rediscover deeper within, His presence. The God of the Universe willed the Son into life, in an utterly simple, and humble way. Does God lead me beyond what I want, to what is right and just? Do I want today to do the Will that brings to birth, yet again, the Spirit of Jesus for the world? We have control of working with our inner life. It is the discipline of Advent.
Fr. Alex Steinmiller, C.P. is president of Holy Family Cristo Rey High School, Birmingham, Alabama.