Saturday, December 3, 2016

Drawing Near

No longer will your Teacher hide himself,
but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher. 

One whom we long for, even though we may not always realize the depth of our desire for him, he himself longs to draw near to us. And so he will lower the heavens and come down, hiding in Mary’s womb. There in the bridal chamber that is her flesh, he will assume our flesh.

At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them
because they were troubled and abandoned.

God Most High has noticed our need for him, and God’s heart enfleshed in the pitying heart of Christ Jesus comes very near, revealing God’s intimate understanding of all that troubles us. We no longer need to be afraid.

Woodcut by Eric Gill. Meditation on today’s Mass readings by one of the monks.