Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent
Readings:Mal 3:1-4, 23-24, Lk1:57-66
Jesus came down on earth as the Messiah, but the majority of the people expecting him for centuries failed to recognize him. They were waiting for the Elijah to arrive, while he came in time and finished his business. It does happen often in our life that what we had been expecting for long does take place in front of our eyes, but we fail to realize. The Word of God says that God’s intervention will be like that. The passage from the prophet Malachi states that God’s entry will be sudden and unexpected. And it was. When the John the Baptist was born, as presented in the Gospel Reading, the neighbours shared the joy, they wondered, they were astonished; but they never realized the Elijah in him. God does come in our midst every day of our life in the Eucharist and in the Word. But do we just wonder at it and fail to receive Him? Let the solemnity of Christmas for which we are preparing ourselves help us to open eyes and ears to the God who walks amidst us – the Immanuel.
Prayer: Lord, let me recognize You present in our midst, amen.