Memorial of St. John of the Cross

December 14, 2018  •   Tracy Earl Welliver

Readings
Isaiah 48:17-19
Matthew 11:16-19

Daily Advent Challenge Dec. 14

If you have ever seen Catholic school students dress up as their favorite saints for All Saints’ Day, St. Lucy is always a big hit. It is her frequent depiction holding her eyeballs on a plate that seems to make her a popular choice. Tradition tells us that her eyes were removed with swords after repeated attempts to defile or kill her by the Roman Governor Paschasius. Her bravery and resolve was no match for her persecutors, and even when she was to be buried, witnesses saw that her eyes had been miraculously restored. Because of this, she is the patron saint of the blind.

The commitment St. Lucy had to her faith was amazing. It was that commitment that allowed her to see the truth and not be swayed. We all suffer from bouts of blindness during our lives as stewards. But we need to stay committed to our decision to follow Jesus and live this life. Commitment is another key characteristic of an Everyday Steward. The examples of St. Lucy and other saints help us to be strong when it seems that life is hard. But almost more importantly, reflecting on their lives can help us truly see the ways God moves in our lives and the gifts he has given us to use for His glory.

 

Daily advent challenge:

Find a person who is having a particularly hard time this season and resolve to help him or her in some way. If you do not know someone, turn to your church or civic community.

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