Tuesday Advent Week 1

Turning to the disciples in private he said, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see. For I say to you, many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, but did not see it, and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.

Luke 10: 23-24

It is then the mercies of the Lord I must proclaim… for he has quite exhausted the treasures of his grace for my sake…

Beginning with the happy moment when, regenerated in the saving waters of baptism, I was raised to the awesome dignity of child of God, filled with the gifts of my Saviour, I could more easily count the successive and rapid movements of my breathing than the number of the inestimable benefits that this adorable Master has poured out on me in generous measure.

Spiritual conference, 19 March 1809, EO XIV n 48

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  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Lay Oblate says:

    Every Advent we find ourselves preparing to experience anew the gift of the birth of our Saviour. Over the years we find ourselves going deeper and entering into the mystery and wonder of Mary’s experience of giving birth to he who is the Saviour of all life. We hope and pray that we will each become a great witness with the gift of our very lives. Some of us will be like the returning disciples and apostles, who experienced and saw great miracles being performed by God, while others of us might better resemble the prophets and kings, the holy men and women who did not quite see and witness what has taken place in the same way as the first group.

    For Eugene it was only after a life of pain and struggle that he was able to look back in 1809, and realise his lived experience of God’s love, directed from the cross, when in his words he later spoke of “…His eyes met mine”. During his spiritual conference he found himself able to trace it all back to his baptism. and the many gifts that God lavished upon him. So many gifts that he could not count them all.

    God has given each of us so much, and now we wait and prepare to realise what this looks like in our own life. With our baptism we begin to experience the “living waters” of life – and that, like most other great things in our lives is an ongoing experience of the flow of God’s love, lavishing every part of our beings. This is what those prophets, kings and queens wanted to see and hear and be a part of. And like Eugene we are being invited to experience anew, in renewal… It’s not empty or the “same-old” of what happened in years gone by.

    Outside of the boundaries of time and space, I like to believe that Eugene still encounters and experiences God “incarnated” in ever aspect of our lives. Those living waters of baptism continue to be lavished upon us in ways that we continue to experience, may not always see, only because they are hidden in the ordinary of our lives.

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