Sunday, December 4, 2011

Look to the Star!

During this second week of our preparation for Christmas, let us recall the gospel for today, the Second Sunday of Advent.  St. John the Baptist calls us to repentance to prepare for the coming of Our Lord "because he will save His people from their sins." (Matt 1:21)  Have we lost the realization of sin?  If we have, then the coming of Christ will be meaningless. This season calls us to rediscover our own need for redemption and forgiveness. 

Let us look to the first Star of Bethlehem, Mary, the Virgin Mother.  She will point the way to her Divine Son, Jesus.  The rays of light that issue from this bright Star are her virtues; the golden rays of her humble obedience, the silver rays of her immaculate purity, the azure rays of her self-effacement which will provide us with fruitful meditation. Call upon her, look to her, the Morning Star.  She can help us realize the need we have for the saving, healing and restoring intervention of Her Son, Jesus, our Emmanuel. 

O Mary, sweet Star of the Sea, shine upon the horizon of my soul and dispel the darkness of self-seeking and sin, that I may prepare with you for the birth of the Divine Child in my heart.

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