Humbly submit your will to God (thy Will be done) and consecrate yourself to the Sacred Heart of Jesus through Mary and Joseph.
At that time,
John summoned two of his disciples and sent them to the Lord to ask,
“Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?”
When the men came to the Lord, they said,
“John the Baptist has sent us to you to ask,
‘Are you the one who is to come, or should we look for another?’”
At that time Jesus cured many of their diseases, sufferings, and evil spirits;
he also granted sight to many who were blind.
And Jesus said to them in reply,
“Go and tell John what you have seen and heard:
the blind regain their sight,
the lame walk,
lepers are cleansed,
the deaf hear, the dead are raised,
the poor have the good news proclaimed to them.
And blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.” LK 7:18-23
Today, Jesus confirms what John the Baptist thought. Jesus is the Messiah. We are all blind, lame, lepers, deaf, will die, and are poor physically and spiritually in some way. Come to Jesus and see, walk, be cured, hear, rise, and become rich in things that matter for all eternity. Advent is a time to face our brokenness and realize we need a Savior or December 25th means nothing. There will be no joy. Maybe some short term happiness from some gifts, but they too will get old or the next best thing will come along.
At our Baptism, Christ branded Himself onto us and never leaves us (Bishop Barron), no matter how broken we are, no matter how much life has bruised and battered us. When we sin, we may feel distanced from God and the Devil will do his best to keep us distanced, but Christ never moves. He stands firm patiently waiting for us to return ready to forgive. May we surrender ourselves and allow Christ into our brokenness. May we learn to wait patiently for Jesus to uproot the deepest darkest part of us that we try to hide this Advent.
Today’s challenge: We are over half way through Advent. How are you doing on the area that has been keeping you from Christ? He is the Messiah, trust in Him. If you have failed, come back to Him who has open arms on the cross with His head bent to kiss you and bring you back to Him. Go to confession and repent! Surrender and allow Christ to love you and be in your brokenness.
We are saints in training! Become a saint!