THE NEED TO OPEN THEMSELVES WITH LOVE TO RECEIVE THE DIVINE SEED

Friday Advent Week 1

When he entered the house, the blind men approached him and Jesus said to them, “Do you believe that I can do this?” “Yes, Lord,” they said to him. Then he touched their eyes and said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.” And their eyes were opened..

Matthew 9:28-30

Often the action of grace precedes the preaching of the Gospel and when hearts are touched by the first words of this marvelous preaching, they feel the need to open themselves with love to receive the divine seed sent to them from Heaven, but also to produce without delay the fruits of penance which then come to show themselves with all the characteristics of a sincere conversion

Eugene de Mazenod, Pastoral Letter on the Missions, 1844

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1 Response to THE NEED TO OPEN THEMSELVES WITH LOVE TO RECEIVE THE DIVINE SEED

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Lay Oblate says:

    “We are sent to evangelize the poor: the poor are evangelized.” Somehow, we are all taking part in this cosmic flow of life given to us by God as together we journey through this Advent.

    Jesus is always about God, about the Father rather than about himself. He was sent to us so that we could come to know the Father through him. And our eyes are opened. There is a moment of grace that precedes that sharing that allowed Eugene to look and recognize that “his eyes met mine” – an unexpected gift of penance that allowed him to see.

    I think of the moments before, during and after my own conversion and how that is ongoing throughout my life. John Calvin wrote: “Repentance is an inward matter, which has its seat in the heart and soul, but afterwards yields its fruits in a change of life.”

    Their eyes were opened… This morning the poor [ourselves] are evangelized and the eyes of our hearts are opened as we see through the eyes of our crucified Saviour.

    In this beautiful season of Advent we find ourselves crying out with the two blind men for the Lord to have mercy on us, that our hearts will be opened “with love to receive the divine seed sent” to us.

    This morning I sing very softly Durocher’s hymn: “God waits for his people to open wide their eyes and to marvel at the sight of new sunrise. Listen my people… Listen and hear my voice… your hopes are answered.”

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