Friday, December 19, 2014

In nativitate eius gaudebunt (Lc 1:14).

God does not want our pain and suffering. On the contrary He prefers if we are glad and happy. For that reason He very often speaks to the human being: Do not be afraid! I, your God, am your loving Father who created you to be joyful and happy. So why do our pain and troubles come? Mostly because we do not understand our vocation which we have received from God. Marriage and family life is as beautiful vocation as priesthood and religious life. Therefore, let us be grateful for our vocation. Let us pray for the family members and for the people we live with. May the Holy Spirit fulfill our communities so that we could be joyful witnesses to Jesus Christ.

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Nomen eius Emmanuel (Mt 1:23).

"Do not be afraid!" We hear this enouragement many times in the Scripture. It is a God's message to us. However, we prefer to follow our own plans and ideas. In the Advent season we are to prepare ourselves to listen to the Good News more carefully. Every day our hearts can be fulfiled with peace and joy if only we follow the advice spoken by the Lord through the prophets. Lots of saints did follow God's voice spoken directly to them or through the Bible. They could do that because they really believed and trusted in God. We are also able to be saints. This Christmas is the another occasion to start living as the blessed ones. So let us open our hearts and minds to be obedient and holy.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Paenitentia motus (Mt 21:29).

It is so important to think about your deeds all the time. Because sometimes you even do not know if you act well or wrong. The Advent is good time to meditate on your own behavior. If you are not rebellious nor defiled nor tyrannic towards others. Moreover, how is your relationship with God. Do you listen carefully to His call and learn His lesson. Perhaps you do not pay attention to His words in the Holy Scripture and therefore you are confused what to do now and in your future. These are the crucial questions before Christmus. The Lord wants you to trust Him and draw near to Him. What will be your answer? Will you invoke the name of the Lord to help you live a decent life and become a humbly and lowly person? Let Him remove your proud heart! Thus you will be able to rest with no one and nothing to disturb you.

Saturday, December 13, 2014

Propheta quasi ignis (Ecc 48:1).

Today let us think about prophet Elijah! Moreover, let us follow his example during this Advent season. Now we are called to be like a fire and our words ought to flare like a torch. We are supposed to act by the word of the Lord and to bring down the fire of the Holy Spirit. However, we are not ready to do that. Let us ask ourselves - why? Probably we do not pray enough and do not keep our promises. We speak too many empty words and even do not have time to stop for a while. Nevertheless, as children of God we are also perform miracles. People around us are waiting for the true witnesses of Christ. Therefore, let us be taken up in the whirlwind of fire as prophet Elijah was in a chariot with fiery horses. It may happen during every prayer if only we pray eagerly and piously. In such a way we will be able to turn the hearts of others to the things of heaven. Thus we can be happy seeing the Lord come and falling asleep in God's love. 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Ego reficiam vos (Mt 11:28).

Like every day I am so tired and exhausted. Therefore, I come to my Lord and ask for strength. Since without His grace I would not have enough energy to wake up and begin the next day. But with His support I can follow the examples of saintes and become holy. I also want to be gentle and humble in heart as they were. I am going to find rest for my soul as they found it. Finally, I hope to understand that my tasks are easy and my work is light. For the Lord renews my strength and I get the wings to fly in the sky like eagles.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Supra petram (Mt 7:24).

The Word of God makes me strong as rock. Therefore, I will listen to this Word carefully . There are many words around me and inside my head. However, I want to hear just the Word of the Father. The words are coming like rain, but I need to find among them the Word which is the most important. There are floods of empty words, but I look for the Word which is most meaningful. No gales, no bad news, no terrifying messages can destroy my inner peace because I am strengthened by the divine Word.   

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Ascendens in montem (Mt 15:29).

Jesus very often goes up into the hills and prays. In this way He shows me how I ought to act during the Advent. I need to spend more time just before my heavenly Father and tell Him about my joys and sorrows. There I am being cured from my diceases and weaknesses. My Father eagerly waits to listen and wants to share with me the spiritual graces. But my main problem is that I am too much self-concerned. Therefore He opens my eyes for the needs of the poor, the sick and those who suffer. He asks me to forget about myself and to help my neighbours. So today with Saint Francis Xavier I pray for all non-believers in the world and for Christians who do not have a deep relation with their Father in heaven. May they experience the beauty of creation in order to adore its Creator.   

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Ascendamus ad montem (Is 2:3).

"Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord" - calls the prophet Isaias. And what shall I do? Will I use this special time of Advent to climb the spiritual mountain? I hope, I will. So I go to the church and let my soul ascend from earth to heaven. But my soul does not want to fly. She would rather be involved in the ordinary concerns like studies, health or food. It takes time and energy to invite her into the divine matters. Therefore, I ask my Lord to teach my soul how to walk in the paths of wisdom and peace. Since my soul is in the darkness because of my mistakes and sins. Therefore I need so much the light of divine grace. Otherwise, I will always be misled and choose the roads of anxiety, pain and sadness.  

Monday, December 1, 2014

Vigilate! (Mc 13:37)

"When you hear that we look for a kingdom, you suppose, without making any inquiry, that we speak of a human kingdom; whereas we speak of that which is with God" (Justin - First Apology, 11).

Be on your guard! Stay awake! This encouragement you hear from Jesus today. And you might ask: Why should I be on my guard? Why am I to stay awake! What should I wait for! The answer is given by saint Justin Martyr. As a Christian you are supposed to look for a kingdom of God. Not in the non-specified future but now. You are a traveller on your way to the heavenly kingdom. And your task is to recognize Christ travelling with you. Perhaps He was hidden from your eyes in the person you passed today. If you could not see Him with your eyes, how will you be able to see Him with your heart? So stop during this Advent and pay attention in the dawn, noon, evening and night. A tip for you from the Gospel: He comes unexpectedly (Mc 13:37).