Advent is for (en)lightening

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Wednesday, Advent Week-II, 09 December 2020
Isaiah 40:25-31   >><)))*>  +  >><)))*>  +  >><)))*>   Matthew 11:28-30

Great and wondrous indeed are your works, O God our loving Father! Despite the harsh weather of the cold season, you continue to let our flowers bloom in vibrant hues of violets and blues, the colors of Advent to remind us of your coming that is both enlightening and lightening for us.

May the violets and blues of Advent reassure us of your love as you enlighten our minds and our hearts of your power and strength that save us from our moments of weakness and weariness; your knowledge is beyond scrutiny for you know everything.

Clear all our doubts on you, Lord, and make us come back to you, renew our relationships with you to enable us in doing more good things in this life.

Though young men faint and grow weary, and youths stagger and fall, they that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; they will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.

Isaiah 40:30-31
Photo by author, Advent 2019.

At the same time, lighten up our loads, Lord, especially in these trying times of pandemic. Your words today are not only enlightening but also very lightening, even so sweet with your gentle promise of being one with us in our sufferings.

Jesus said to the crowds: “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Matthew 11:26-30

May your words push us further to go and come out in the open to meet you this Advent in our selves and among one another. Amen.

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