Thursday, 24 December 2009

Happy Christmas

Christmas has come... we have been preparing during Advent, now our Saviour has come! In the Gospel at the midnight mass we read the story of Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem in Judea, and after His birth "laid him in a manger, because there was no place for them in the inn" (Luk 2:7 RSV)

Now looking forward to Christmas it strikes me that there seem to be two aspects of Christmas. The first is the magnitude of the celebration. Christmas is something most people really look forward to, it is a major milestone in the year. It is a time of celebration, of community and of rejoicing together. I guess for me Christmas doesn't have as much a liturgical ring to it as it does for most people around me (as I have not been brought up in a Catholic tradition), but it has struck me quite a few times how central the whole liturgical celebration is in the whole feast among the Irish friends I have, something that was completely new to me, and really refreshing.

But there is also a second aspect, which, set-off against the great buzz of Christmas is smallness of it. The voice in the wilderness, the little voice in our heart comes from a little baby who is laying in the crib. He was not recognized by any person in authority, anybody of worldly importance, and there was not even a proper place for the birth to take place. I think this is an aspects of Christmas we can keep in our mind as well, maybe not in the next two days when we rejoice and celibate, but during the octave to deepen our understanding of the mystery of Gods ways.

The dawn mass continues the story when the shepherds go to the stable and find everything as the angel tells them. They say "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us." (Luk 2:15 RSV) All the people who witness these events were wondering at the news the shepherds brought them...

So maybe the coming octave is a time for us to wonder as well at what we have heard and what has happened. To contemplate what it means that the Saviour was borne, this small little unknown Child in a stable. We can ponder with Mary, who "kept all these things, pondering them in her heart." (Luk 2:19 RSV) and make this little quite event in a little stable in a little town in Juda, seemingly so insignificant to the world, the life changing event it really was and is, a rock on which to build our spiritual house.

But now it is time to celebrate and rejoice and sing in a loud voice in communion with the heavenly hosts: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among men with whom he is pleased!" (Luk 2:14 RSV)

Gloria in altissimis Deo et in terra pax in hominibus bonae voluntatis

Wednesday, 23 December 2009

Vespers at the Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat in Newbridge College



Please find below a few recordings from Vespers last Saturday evening during the Youth 2000 Christmas retreat. The quality is not great, but I wanted to share it anyway (and didn't have time at the moment to make a video, maybe in the near future...)

The hymn: "O come, o come, Emanuel":


The O Antiphon and Magnificat:


The Dominican Salve Regina and O Lumen Ecclesiae (during the procession):

All those who heard of it treasured it in their hearts (Luk 1:66 NJB)

Again a bit late for a morning reflection, so again just a single thought...

Zechariah was silenced when he did not trust in the message the angel brought to him, and he lost the power of speech. Today we read that Zechariah does Gods will and "immediately his mouth was opened and his tongue loosed, and he spoke" (Luk 1:64 RSV)

Initially, it just struck me that if we do God's will, the Holy Spirit will work in us and loosen our tongues to say the words that are needed at that particular time. I think this is an experience many who try and bring the Good News to others have experienced this in some way...

But maybe it is possible to ponder this a bit deeper and to see that if one does God's Will things will happen, things will come together. Maybe not always as we expect (but that would be doing our own will), but in a way that leads us along the path that is traced out for us, the path to ultimate happiness.

Tuesday, 22 December 2009

My soul glorified the Lord

Well, these are the last days before Christmas, and time to catch up on some unfinished business, as well as starting to do a bit of exam preparation. Henceforth my reflections are not as regular as in the last weeks. We have our holiday timetable now, which means morning prayer an hour later. It is great however to have the chance to sleep that small bit longer in the morning, and to try and catch up a bit on all kinds of things.

Today the Gospel is the Magnificat. The line that jumped out at me was "My soul glorifies the Lord". I think it is a good phrase to keep in mind in the next few days, and to see if our soul is really glorifying the Lord.

Personally I always find the last days before Christmas the hardest to actually prepare for Christmas. There is all sorts of small duties and social events in these last days which can very easy take over the whole day. However it is important to keep ones eyes fixed on Christ and to keep preparing for His coming. The Magnificat is a beautiful prayer to slowly read through, and to try and meditate upon, even when our minds are occupied with the preparations for the days to come....

Let us not lose sight of the real importance of Christmas....

Monday, 21 December 2009

The babe leaped in her womb (Lk 1:42)

Just a quick post as there are many house duties this morning to be done...

The gospel today happens to be the same as yesterday's Gospel, so I would refer back to my short reflection on that Gospel.

However, I would also just put the text of the first reading down here, as this morning during mass it just struck me as a lovely text to meditate a bit upon:


Zep 3:14 Sing aloud, O daughter of Zion; shout, O Israel! Rejoice and exult with all your heart, O daughter of Jerusalem!
15 The LORD has taken away the judgments against you, he has cast out your enemies. The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst; you shall fear evil no more.
16 On that day it shall be said to Jerusalem: "Do not fear, O Zion; let not your hands grow weak.
17 The LORD, your God, is in your midst, a warrior who gives victory; he will rejoice over you with gladness, he will renew you in his love; he will exult over you with loud singing
18 as on a day of festival. "I will remove disaster from you, so that you will not bear reproach for it.

Friday, 18 December 2009

Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb (Lk 1:42)

There is a big Christmas Retreat on this weekend in Newbridge College (see video below of last year). Newbridge is one of our Dominican priories, and some of the student brother, including myself, will go down shortly to be there for the weekend. As such, I have to ask my apologies for not being able to prepare a proper reflection.

However, during the week the following struck me which I will just give as a thought. The Gospel is taken from Luke Chapter 1:39-45. It is the story of Mary going into the hill country to visiting Elizabeth her cousin who is six months pregnant. Mary greets Elizabeth  and "when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit" (Luk 1:41 RSV).

And they shall call Him Emmanuel

The Gospel today is from chapter one of Matthew's Gospel, and his account of the nativity.

In reading the Gospel we can be struck by Josephs humbleness, in a way I guess by his love. We don't know how well he knew Mary, marriages were usually arranged different from how they are now. They might not actually have known each other that well, or at all.

But a fact is that Joseph wanted to save her public discrace when he found out that she was with child, and knew it was not his. This could have had the most disasterous result for Mary, if it was pubicly made known. It could have meant death by stoning.

Joseph here is a role model for us. He first wants to do the right thing without harming Mary, and then when the Angel came to him he fully trusted in God and did whatever the angels told him.

The humble and hidden role of Joseph is often forgotten...

But the point that strikes me most is the prophesy of Isiah, even though I don't know really why. "behold the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall call him Emmanuel".

For whatever reason, the 'they' strikes me. The name Emmanuel, God is with us, is not given to Him by His parents, but bij them, by the multitude, by us. It is the effect of Jesus nativity and knowledge of Him that makes God known.

I guess this ties in with Advent. It is not the name Jesus by which the child is going to be called, but the fact that "God is with us" that is important. As I find that now toward the end of Advent I start to repeat myself, I again want to stress that it is this personal encounter that "God is with me" that makes all the difference in life. As such we keep praying for this emcounter to be reborn in our hearts during this upcoming Christmas.

Thursday, 17 December 2009

The star becomes breighter

It is now the 17th of December, and we are entering the last week in the run-up to Christmas. So far the Gospel readings in Advent have been focused mainly on the call to conversion, a call to the openness to this voice in the wilderness, of the voice of God in our lives.

Naturally John the Baptist came up regular in these readings, as he was exactly this voice crying in the wilderness who prepared the way of the Lord in the time Jesus physically walked on this earth.

But from today there will be a slight shift as we are more activily contemplating the birth of Jesus, something we start today with geanology.

So I guess so our reflection from today onwards might move ever so slightly to the even of Jesus His birth, and what it means to me. Also, His mother Mary, we will read the visitation account of Sunday, can be a great help to us in this final preparation. We can go to her, and she will show us the way to son.

I hope I get a change flto prepare reflections for the weekend, as most of the brothers in the studium will be in Newbridge College for the annual Youth 2000 Christmas retreat... but if I don't then I do appology...

Wednesday, 16 December 2009

Happy the man who does not lose faith

The Gospel today in taken from Luke, where we read that John the Baptist hears the report of the wonders Jesus works. However, John being in prison, summons two of his deciples and asks them to go up to Jesus and ask him if He is the one who was expected.

The deciples arrive at the place where Jesus is while He is working miracles and ask Him the question. Jesus however, so it seems to me, does not answer. John already heard the reports of the wonders of Jesus His works before he sent the two disciples. Now Jesus is bassically saying that what is given is enough...

The final point in the passage is, and I guess that that is the important message, that Jesus says "happy is he who does not lose faith in me".

The signs are given, and John the Baptist was very sure when he initially pointed out Jesus. But now he is in prison, on account of proclaiming the Good News he starts to doubt.

But I think this is encouraging, as it connects in some way with us all I think. We all go through periods which are more difficult, like John in prison. But we should take courage and keep our eyes on what really matters. The Lord is not further away, "the signs are still the same". God has not abondoned us, but sometimes is just not maybe doing exactly what we expect or want Him to do.

But "happy is he who does not lose faith in me" is what Jesus tells us. The Greek word suggest that it is not just loosing faith, but that by doing so one is lead into somekind of sin. I guess I take from it that when we lose faith we lose our closeness to Jesus to support us.

There it is important to trust, so that these moments can be a time of grace and a time of deepening our relation with God, instead of losing it. A deepening to which we are all called.

Tuesday, 15 December 2009

I go Lord

Today, my title is a bit different as it revers to the second son. The father Is asking his two sons to go and work in the vineyard. The first one answers that he will not go, but thinks of it better and goes nevertheless. However the second son on the same question says he will go but does not. Jesus is asking which of the two is doing the will of the father

An interesting detail is, I think, the response of the second son. He doesn't say something like "sorry dad" but straight away says "yes lord" instead. This indicated to me that there is a very impersonal relation between the two...

And this off course is the theme that I try to run through all my (Advent) reflections. It is not the outward response that is the most important, but the inward conversion of heart.

The fist son initially says no, but then possibly his conscience/heart tells him that he should listen the directions of his father, in contrast to the second son.

So once more our Lord is calling us to an internal
conversion, to a real change of heart...



Monday, 14 December 2009

Who's authority

This month it is my duty to open the church on Monday mornings and to prepare everything for mass etc. So the reflection once more will be short...

Today the issue of authority comes up. The people in charge of the temple worship come up to Jesus asking in who's authority he is teaching. I am not sure what they mean exactly, for example who gave Him permission to teach in the tempel even though I think that was quite open to anybody, or more on a supernatural level. It must have been quite clear that there was some power behind all the works Jesus did to support His claims and teachings.

But I think maybe just reflecting on the question itself. Where are the leaders concerned with. Is it for the people, I guess the sheep that are in their flock or do they feel their own position of almost absolute authority is threatened. They defianatly seem afraid of the crowds...

And so for ourselves could we reflect what in so many cases are our motivations. Are we willing to submit to Jesus and accept Him as our saviour or do we dig our heals in as we don't want to go where He leads us, preceding our own authority over His...

Sunday, 13 December 2009

Pictures of the Dominican Pilgrimage to Knock

Well, a bit late, but as I was preparing my photo camera for the Youth 2000 Christmas Retreat next week I realised I had not taken off the pictures of the annual Dominican Pilgrimage yet. So I decided to put them on Picasa straight away as well, so if you are interested, follow the link:

Saturday, 12 December 2009

He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire (Luke 3:16)

This weeks Gospel is taken, as were the last two weeks, from the Gospel of Luke, this time chapter 3:10-18. It is Gaudete Sunday, where gaudete means in rejoice in Latin. We are now practically half way advent, two weeks down, almost two to go...

A great multitude is gathering around John the Baptist as he is preaching the Good News and is baptizing in the river Jordan.They asks John what they should do and answers that: "he who has two coats, let him share with him who has none; and he who has food, let him do likewise." (Luk 3:11 RSV). John simply seems to point out that we should care about the others around us, and share from the abundance we have ourself with the people in need.

Also tax collectors and soldiers are coming to him to ask what they should do in their specific occupations, and he answers similar that they should be fair and honest to others: "Collect no more than is appointed you." (Luk 3:13 RSV) and  "Rob no one by violence or by false accusation, and be content with your wages." (Luk 3:14 RSV).

When I initially quick read of the gospel (I didn't have an English translation at hand) I didn't realise it was first the crowd who asked what to do, followed by the tax-collectors and soldiers about the particularity of their occupation. So what entered my mind was a continuation of the reflection on the Saturday Gospel: what do I expect Jesus to be like, would I recognize him or would I like his teaching?

The first response John gave was to share with others of our abundance, even if one spare coat might not be seen as an abundance. If I only have two coats, am I happy to give one away, or do I prefer to have it in the wardrobe? That is I guess something to think about, and I must confess that I do like to have one spare "just in case"...

But how does this link in to the Good News John is preaching, or more important with having Jesus in our life. Again it comes back to a change of heart. I don't think it is really about the question could I be able to sacrifice my extra coat. No I think it is a sign of being close to Christ that the thought "would I be able" does not enter in the mind, but that the coat will be given without a thought to anybody who really needs it... clearly I will survive the walk home in my warm woolly jumper...

It is all about the inward conversion, and this time of Advent is a time exactly for that. John is telling us that "[Jesus] will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and with fire" (Luk 3:16 RSV). Gods love is infused into us through the Holy Spirit. An openness to the Holy Spirit will help us to make this conversion of heart, the conversion of heart which will make us more confirm to the image and likeness of God, the image in which we are created.

With the example above of giving away our coat I mean only to illustrate the principle, the fact that the closer we get to Jesus the more pure love is ruling in our lives, the more we will love our neighbor. Working out the details about the prudence of giving away coats is a whole other story, but I do belief that it does work in that way, the closer I personally get to Christ the, in a way simpler, life becomes, as the important focus of our whole lives becomes Him...

(I was delaying the writing of this reflection today till the last moment... which means that if inspiration does not come it ends up rather empty... so my excuses for the incoherent and rushed job)

They did not recognize him

Today is Saturday, the second week of Advent is over. Tomorrow is Gaudete Sunday, on which we light the rose candle, a Sunday of joy.

As it is Saturday, and I should start on my Gospel reflection for tomorrow, but just wanted to give a suggestion for some pondering.

Jesus tells us that the people did not recognize Elijah when he came and that He Himself will not be recognised either. So the question is how do we recognise Jesus, how do we recognise His touch in our lives?
It is there, but are we aware of it, or maybe expecting something different, something grander in the worldly view as did the Jews at that time? Do we notice the little wisper in our heart?

More on that later....

Friday, 11 December 2009

God is leading us gently

Today, in the first reading of the prophet Isaiah we hear God telling that He will lead us. He will show us the way to go, the way to happiness, and our peace will be flowing like a river.

This peace, so it seems, comes up a lot for me lately. Last weekend Fr Ciaran OP gave us our Advent retreat, and asked us to contemplate what God has done for us so far. And apart from all kinds of individual events, my main question was what is the difference between where I am at now and six years ago.

And the anwser is that I found a deep profound happiness and peace, where I think peace might be the best desciption of the two. Happiness can be asociated with a temperal fuzzy feeling, and I was surely happy a lot in that way before, but I think peace discibes a more stabel continuous disposition, and as such more or less includes happiness.

Even when it is not always that apparent that this peace is there, it is. It is easy to get used to it, in a way, and maybe St. John of the Cross describes this when he says that on our journey toward God there are times when somebody doesn't feel to be doing well as the sensations do not seem to be there anymore. However, when reflecting on ones inner state you start to realise that there is no other place you want to go, having the final goal in view. And there is no way that I want to go back loosing this inner peace even if it's prescence is not always that obvious.

God is helping us on our way, but we have to respond. In Advent in particular we reflect on that. In the Gospel Jesus says we are as children in the Market place "saying, We have piped unto you, and you have not danced; we have mourned unto you, and you have not lamented." In a way I take from this exactly that, God wants to help us, but what can He do when we don't respond to His call...


Thursday, 10 December 2009

The Kingdom of Heaven

"Nobody born of woman is greater than John the Baptist; but the smallest in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than him" (Mt 11:11). Jesus is telling us about John, about the "voice crying in the wilderness". John is preparing the way and is a true servant of God, and indeed Jesus says he is Ellijha, who was to come.

There were two things that stood out to me in the reading this morning. The first is how Jesus says that the kingdom of heaven is under attack, that it is taken by force. I am not sure exactly to take this, I assume the kingdom on heaven as it is already in the forming here on earth, but it is clear that it is not the way it well eventually be.

It shows however a bit of the drama, as Jesus is saying that all is leading up to this point, all the prophecies and indeed the fact that Elijha has arrived. And taken it is this sense I guess it might coresponse with how we experience the world. But now the moment of Grace arrived, it is now that our Lord is speaking to is! And I think we should take this litteraly, the now in our own time, the now of me sitting here or you reading these few words.

Then the second thing is the promomise of what really matters. The call is to prepare the way for the Lord so He can enter into our lives. Jesus tells us about the greatness of Heaven in our terms. John is the greatest born of woman, but once we contemplate our calling of being in Heaven it is clear that it does not compare to even the greatest thing here. Even the smallest in Heaven is greater. We are are called to something we cannot imagine, but we can trust it is greater then the greatest we can think of.

The call during Advent is the voice calling in the wilderness to prepare our hearts, to go into the wilderness to repent of our sins and make straight the path for the Lord... and He will lead us to happyness in this life and in the life to come, a happiness we cannot even start to imagine...



Wednesday, 9 December 2009

You will find rest for your soul

"Come to me all of you who are working and overburdened". Jesus is calling us to come to Him, and He will give us rest. His yoke is easy and His burden light.

When Reflecting on this I was thinking about the reality of the find rest in God. Innitialy my reaction was maybe that it doesn't seem to be that easy, to come to Jesus and find rest. That trying to shoulder His yoke does not give a noticeable release of pressure.

But there is a deeper reality here. Jesus does not tell us that we would get a shot in the arm when we come to Him. Our energy levels are not going to miraculously be restored, no it is not that, but instead we "will find rest for our souls".

All humans are called to communion with God, it is only in God that we can truly find rest. Only Jesus can fully give us this deep peace we long for. Only when we follow Him with our heart, when we shoulder His yoke, when we accept His guidance in our lives do we encouter Him fully.

This encounter makes us whole, it puts our soul at rest, and even when me can feel physically tired, encountering God and walking with Him through life gives a deep inner grounding, a deep piece, it gives rest to our souls...


Tuesday, 8 December 2009

The Immaculate Conception

Today is the feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. A great feast in which we celibrate the favour God gave to Mary when she was conceived, that she would not have the stain of origional sin, and could be free from sin in order to be a worthy vessel for our Lord to be borne in. The Gospel reading is therefore quite fitting of the event of the Annunciation when this happens, when Jesus is conceived in her by the power of the Holly Spirit.

I would like to say a one or two great things about our Lady, and her importance in the Church... however I always have difficulties actually doing so, and I don't know why.

Mary has a very special role in my life, the personal role of my spiritual Mother. She in a way is always near, always guiding, always helping. Compared to our mothers here on earth, she is always concerned about us, even if we don't realise it, even if we don't care or are not interested. Motherly love must be something else, something I only know from receiving.

So words are just not coming this morning... words to expres what Mary means to me. It is something deep something strong and something profound, but something silent and still.. Mary is our Mother also, and she is with us as mothers are...



Monday, 7 December 2009

What is easier to say?

Today is the second Monday of Advent, the Church celibrating the feast of St. Ambrose.

I will only put one queation forward today which struck me while reading the Gospel. Jesus says to the Pharases and scribes, who gathered to hear H from all over the country, what is easier to say, your sins are forgiven or get up and walk?

Now, not comparing with what is easier for God to what is easier for us, as for us healing somebody just by a Word is impossible.

But how do we experience what is easier? To forgive somebody or to help them...

Saturday, 5 December 2009

Make his paths straight (Luke 3:4)

Just a short Gospel reflection for this Sunday as we, the students, are away for a two day advent retreat. So I have to write this reflection beforehand while trying on the same time to finish an essay on Descartes... so it will be very very brief indeed! (and sorry, no reflection for the Gospel of Saturday)

Luke begins in the Gospel of this week (Luke 3:1-6) by specifying exactly when all these events, about to begin, started to unfold. Luke is known for his accuracy, and partly because of his description we can date the time of Jesus His ministry within a few years.

We read that "the word of God came to John the son of Zechariah in the wilderness" (Luk 3:2 RSV), and that he "went into all the region about the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins." (Luk 3:3 RSV).

John was "the voice of one crying in the wilderness" (Luk 3:4 RSV), the cry from the unknown place, but people heard it and recognized it. He called them back to the Lord, and to repent and change their heart in order to "prepare the way of the Lord, make his paths straight." (Luk 3:4 RSV).

So too in Advent, there is this voice calling us, to make the path straight for the Lord, to leave behind the baggage which might keep us back, and to follow the voice to repent and again newly discover the freshness of our God...

Friday, 4 December 2009

Be it done according to you faith

Initially todays Gospel puzzled me a bit. We can picture the scenario, Jesus is leave one place to go to the other, and these two blind man follow Him, crying out to Him "Jesus son of David, have mercy on us". He seems to ignore them, while they stumble on, the blind leading the blind.

So why is this? Why did Jesus not just turn around and heal them, even just to keep them quite? It is probably what I would do...

But again it become clear that that is not what it is about. Jesus did not come to the world to heal to sick, but to bring people back to God. He let the blind men seek after Him, blind as they are. But of course the atory is not about blind men, but about me as I am stumbling being blind to the real plan of God. But He then takes them in, He goes into a house and there they meet Him in private...

So again it is possible to see the line of Advent in the Gospel. It is in private that we meet the Lord foremost of all. Jesus ask them if they think He can do "this" for them, without saying what this it is, and they believe. He touches their eyes and says "let it be according to your faith" and their eyes are opened and they see. Before they were searching in the dark, but now thier eyes are open and they see the true light!

(ps. Fr. John Harris OP pointed out this morning at mass that there were two blind men, and I just wanted to reiterate this point as well. I believe that our relation with God is personal, but that does not mean individual.)

Thursday, 3 December 2009

Build on your house on rock

Today's Gospel has two aspects. Jesus warns us that it is not lip service that He is looking for, and in the second part that if we build our lives on Him that we will be like a house build on rock that cannot be shaken.

It is so easy to reduce the relation with God to, in a way, mere lipservice. This does not mean not caring, but it seems to me to not to give our heart to God, and in a way to keep Him out.

Jesus tells us that it is not just saying Lord, Lord that will get is in Heaven. Nearby He even says that preaching in His name and casting out Demons is not what matters. It is a change of heart, to listen to the Word and let it touch us. It the slow effect contemplation, the listening to the and keeping the Word (in our hearts) that will make the difference and will result in doing the will of His Father in Heaven, as slowly we conform more and more to the image we are created in.

Especially during advent it might be possible to take the efford to try and make this listening a good habit. For example by attending daily mass, or taking 15 or 30 minutes in silence and ponder the Gospel of the day.

Spending time with God will slowly build a house with it's foundations on rock. It will slowly give an inner certainty, a groundedness or fullfilment that nothing else can give. Rain falls, rivers rise and winds blow, but the house of payer is founded on rock and will not move...

Wednesday, 2 December 2009

Seeking Jesus Himself

Today we hear that Jesus goes into the mountains, into the wilderness, and a great crowed follows Him, having with them all kinds of sick and disabled people.

He then cures them, the lame walk, the blind see and the dumb speak, and the people praise the God of Israel for working such wonders!

We might say that that sounds great, and everybody is happy, but here our Advent reflection comes in. The question is, is this all God has to offer? Is this the extend to which God can enhance our lives, to heal the things that are broken? Sure, He can do that, but is there more?

The anwser is clearly yes! Jesus calls His disciples and says to them that He pitties the crowd. They are waiting there already for three days in the wilderness and have not found what they are really looking for...

And then Jesus performs the miracle about the multiplication of the loafes and the fish... which has a clear resemblance with the Eucharist, in which He gives Himself...

Jesus offers Himself, and Advent is a time a waiting and seeking Him. He knocks on the door, but will we open?

Tuesday, 1 December 2009

Nobody knows the Father except the Son

This morning I was reading the Gospel and looking at the verse "nobody knows the Father except the Son, and to he whom the Son whish to reveal Him".

Yesterday, in the office of readings, we heard St. Paul telling us that "it was God's wisdom that human wisdom should not know God".

That is an interesting verse to ponder, especially for somebody doing Philosophy. Buy it seems to me that the two verses together reveal a bit of God's plan, of God's mistery.

God is not looking for people having knowledge of Him, but is looking for the people themselves. It is not the mind but the heart primarily which God is searching out. (while I am not trying to say there is no place for reason)

It is through Jesus Christ that we come to God, He is the way the truth and the light. So in this Advent season it is a time to recomit ourself to seeking the face of Jesus... so that we too are blessed by seeing what we see, as generation were seeking it but did not find it...

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