Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11
Matthew 17:9a, 10-13
Psalm 80, from today’s Lectionary, has a great refrain: “Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.” First, the use of the word “make” admits that we cannot fully turn to God on our own. Without God’s help, we are destined to wander this Earth, trying to make our way alone. Secondly, the psalmist implies that simply seeing the face of God is enough for our salvation. If we truly see God for who God is, how could we ever turn away?
During these weeks of Advent, there are many images everywhere: Santa Claus, reindeer, Christmas trees, etc. There is no doubt that they help increase our expectation for the coming feast. But it is a feast, and one that truly is all about Jesus Christ. Make sure that your Advent journey is filled with images of the reason for the season: Jesus. It will enrich your journey and help you focus on the main thing. For who could look upon the Savior’s face and not be changed?
Daily advent challenge:
Spend five minutes looking at a crucifix, reflecting on the reality that the baby born in a manger is the same One who was crucified and rose from the dead so you could live.