Monday, 2nd Week of Advent
Mass readings of Advent on one hand are heart-warming with the comforting and encouraging promise of God spoken through the prophets and other hand resounding with the stern warning of John the Baptist.
In today’s first reading we see Isaiah comforting the Jews exiled in Babylon “Be strong! Fear not! Behold your God will come with Vengeance, with the recompense of God”. This assurance strengthens our faith and trust especially now in these times when Christians are subjected to horrendous persecutions.
In today’s gospel, Jesus is amazed at the stupendous faith, hope and inventiveness of the paralytic and his loyal and ingenious friends who are not defended by obstacles in reaching their goal. Their faith was strong enough to move not exactly mountains but to remove the roof to encounter Jesus in whom they had unshaken faith. It is amply rewarded by a double healing: body and soul. God can never be outdone in generosity.
As we await the coming of the Messaiah let us intensify our faith and hope in Him. Isaiah assures us “Behold our God is coming with vengeance, with recompense of God! In the various vicinities of life let us cling on to Jesus our Master and Lord…, when battered by storms in the sea of life, hold on to Him; that anchor holds.
By Sr. Kamala fma