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Saturday, December 10, 2022

St. Margaret’s Chapel Icon and reflection


Saturday, December 10, 2022
Sirach 48:1-11
Psalm 80:1-3,14-18
Mathew 17:9-13

In the Psalms, the Israelites are not feeling the presence of God and wonder if they’ve done something to offend Him.

The book of Sirach says that Elijah must come first before we see Jesus. Both prophets, Elijah and John the Baptist, use words like those of a burning torch.

Matthew’s account of the Transfiguration of Jesus reveals to the disciples who Jesus is and calls them to know and believe that Jesus is truly the Son of God.

These seem to be strange readings for this time of year, at least in the secular world, where cheerfulness, happiness, and joyful tunes are heard everywhere.

Advent is a time of preparation for the coming of the Messiah, the Christ child.

If you’ve had children, you may recall how you had to decipher what their cries were telling you. And each child’s would be different, but wanting your attention – and so it is with God. He wants our full attention.

God sent His only Son into the world as a new babe, giving each of us a chance to start life anew through Him.

God’s saving grace is always available. But we need to hear the words and follow those who’ve set the path for us, so we may reveal our true selves as Christians, followers of Christ.

When we turn our eyes to look upward and we say ‘yes’ to God, we will see His shining face, His dazzling light and hear His spoken word.
Come Lord Jesus come.

Dot Sweeney