Sr. Clara Remartini, AVI
After a long time of waiting in Advent, we are ready for Jesus to come.
Sometimes today, before going to the midnight Mass let's take ten minutes to recall what we have being waiting for and Who is the One who will arrive tonight. We can listen to the music: "Wait for the Lord" if that helps our prayer:
- What did you wait for? What did you long for?
- What did you ask in the past month?
- Whom did you desire Jesus to visit?
Tell Jesus all that you prayed about.
Now read again this passage by St Augustine, which is found in the Office of Reading of today:
"Awake, oh man! For your sake God has become man. Awake, you who sleep, rise up from the dead, and Christ will enlighten you. I tell you again: for your sake, God became man.
"You would have suffered eternal death, had he not been born in time. Never would you have been freed from sinful flesh, had he not taken on himself the likeness of sinful flesh. You would have suffered everlasting unhappiness, had it not been for this mercy. You would never have returned to life, had he not shared your death. You would have been lost if he had not hastened 'to your aid. You would have perished, had he not come.
"Let us then joyfully celebrate the coming of our salvation and redemption. Let us celebrate the festive day on which he who is the great and eternal day came from the great and endless day of eternity into our own short day of time.
"He has become our justice, our sanctification, our redemption, so that, as it is written: Let him who glories glory in the Lord".
Is there a sentence in this passage that speaks to you and is meaningful in your life?
Thank the Lord, and be specific in expressing how He already changed your life and where you still need to be awaken.
Invite Him. " Maranatha', come Lord Jesus!" Come in the darkness of this friend of mine, come in my sinful flesh, come in the unhappiness of my relatives, come in our short day of time, come where there is not justice in the world and we feel powerless... COME!
Rest in silence with Him for a couple of minutes, then rejoice in the celebration, because the One we wait for, DOES COME!
And tonight we are happy to say:
BUON NATALE, (Italian for Merry Christmas)!