Monday of the first week of Advent year B

Isaiah 2:1-5        Mathew 8:5-11

Theme: A journey of faith

In the 1st reading of today from the prophet Isaiah, we see a message of hope to strengthen the people in their difficult times. A message that foretells joy, unity, love, peace and prosperity. There will be no place anymore for wars, hatred, bitterness, evil and disunity. This is a very encouraging message at this time in the life of the Israelites, and with it the faith of the people is greatly strengthened and the desire to continue to trust and have faith in God, amidst the difficulties they were going through. In the same way, the word of the Lord is also encouraging all of us today as children of God, as we begin the Advent season.

As we watch and pray during this season of Advent, let us have faith and hope in God, that whatever situation we may be passing through currently in our lives will definitely come to an end. Just the same way it was for the Israelites during their own time. Your situation may look very bad now, and it seems that all hope is lost, but I want you to know that the God we serve can turn your situation around. Trust in him, as you continue to watch and pray during this season of Advent and leave everything to him. Remember, it is God that has the final say in every situation we find ourselves in life, and I know he is not yet done with you. Never lose hope, continue to trust in him. At his appointed time, he will visit you and grant you his blessings that you seek.

In the gospel reading of today, we see the famous assertion of the centurion, “Lord I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word and my servant shall be healed”. This is a great faith that was exhibited by the Centurion, and it is worthy of emulation. That is why Jesus equally acknowledged the faith of the Centurion. This is what we are encouraged to practice in our daily life in a very special way, during this season of Advent. Our faith in God will go a long way towards helping us to appreciate our journey of faith and what God is doing in our lives. With faith in God hopelessness have no place in our lives, trust in him and see him do wonders in your life and in anything that concerns you. May the Lord bless his words in our hearts, in the name of the father and of the son and of the holy spirit, Amen. Peace be with you.

Monday of the first week of Advent year B, by Fr. Jude Ifeanyi Ifezime, C.S.Sp