Monday, November 29, 2010

"We eagerly await the coming of our Savior"

In his preaching after yesterday's Angelus the Holy Father observed, "It could be said that man is alive while he waits, that in his heart hope is alive. And from these waitings man comes to know himself: our moral and spiritual 'stature' can be measured by that for which we wait, by that in which we hope."

Last Judgment by Michelangelo

Of course, as Christians we wait in joyful hope the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ. So, I think these words of Pope Benedict are complemented very nicely by our reading for Evening Prayer this First Monday of Advent, taken from St. Paul's Letter to the Philippians: "We eagerly await the coming of our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. He will give a new form to this lowly body of ours and remake it according to the pattern of his glorified body, by his power to subject everything to himself" (3:20b-21).

The way subjects everything to himself, that is, his power is nothing other than love. He is the love of God made manifest to us and for us.


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