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A Moment Meditation: Lord, Make Us Turn To You…

Saturday of the 2nd week of Advent

Readings: Sir 48:1-4,9-11, Ps 80 Lord, Make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved, Mt 17:9a,10-13

But I tell you Elijah has come and they failed to recognize him and did to him whatever they wanted. Even in this way John was Precursor, because they failed to recognize his Master also and so crucified the Lord of Glory. Why was it that this people so long prepared, chosen by God for this, missed the hour of their visitation? Why do we so often miss it? Because they thought as the world does and not as God.

When promised a king they looked for chariots, conquest, abundance of rich food and wealth. They could not imagine a king meek and riding on an ass, a king who submits to shame and suffering for the good not only of his people, but for all the nations. When promised a prophet, they wanted to hear of foreign nations vanquished and tyrants cast down. They could not admit that what they needed God to vanquish was not foreign but in their very hearts. When promised a priest, they envisioned a glorious temple, magnificent in architecture, and the offering of sacrifices that would stand in for the punishment due to themselves.  Never could they imagine the High Priest would not only be the Temple, but also the sacrificial Lamb and he would call them to deny themselves, take up their cross and follow him.

So too they could not see in John’s call to repentance and baptism Elijah restoring all things as had been foretold. Yet so it was. Will we see it? This requires letting go of our preconceived notions with great humility, humility like that of John and Jesus himself.

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