Thought of the Day December 15, 2016

By 9:46 AM

“During Advent, we are called to enlarge the horizons of our hearts, to be surprised by the life that is presented each day with its newness. In order to do this we need to learn to not depend on our own securities, our own established plans, because the Lord comes in the hour which we don’t imagine.” (Pope Francis) How attentive are we to the coming of Jesus in the present moments and events of our daily life? That unexpected phone call or chanced encounter; the name that randomly pops up in our mind or that deeper longing within. The Pope calls us to enlarge the horizons of our hearts. Isaiah in today's Mass Readings says: "Enlarge the space for your tent, spread out your tent cloths unsparingly; lengthen your ropes and make firm your stakes." There is more that the Lord desires to do for and in us. But we can put limitations by not being attentive and receptive, by having a small opening to receive the more, by being so preoccupied and self-centered. The Lord comes when we are not expecting, in ways we do not expect and in the disguise of others. Not only wait for him, but be attentive when and how he comes. Come, Lord Jesus, come!

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