First Reading: Deuteronomy 25:4-10
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 91:1-2, 10-11, 12-13, 14-15
Second Reading: Romans 10:8-13
Gospel: Luke 4:1-13
When God’s people lived in slavery, in darkness, without hope, the light of God blazed from a bush on Mount Sinai. Again and again God called humanity to walk in the light of the Word. The Word became man in Jesus Christ, the true Light of the word. Darkness is still around us: our faith is challenged by sin in our world, our Church, and ourselves. God calls us once more to the light, to be renewed and energized by the fire of the Spirit. I know I can’t do it alone.
We are renewed and energized through the power of prayer, the power of love, the power of compassion and the power of the desert. We often find ourselves “at the border” as we read in Deuteronomy. We would do well to remember that as we explore the wilderness inside our own heart that we need God’s outstretched arms to give direction to our sojourn.
I place my hand on my heart and pray to the Word, and the Fire of the Spirit to guide me in spreading a wider feast especially for those of us who are experiencing a difficult journey. Help me to focus on listening within my own heart asking: “Who isn’t here yet?” May God’s generous heart beat touching our hearts, guide us as together we search and meet at the border of the Promised Land.
Marian Boberschmidt, OSF