Advent Journal: Day 7

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No longer will your Teacher hide himself,
but with your own eyes you shall see your Teacher,
While from behind, a voice shall sound in your ears:
“This is the way; walk in it,”
when you would turn to the right or to the left…

On the day the LORD binds up the wounds of his people,
he will heal the bruises left by his blows.                      -Isaiah 30:20-21, 26

Jesus sent out these Twelve after instructing them thus,
“Go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
As you go, make this proclamation: ‘The Kingdom of heaven is at hand.’
Cure the sick, raise the dead,
cleanse lepers, drive out demons.
Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give.”   -Matthew 10:6-8

Without cost you have received; without cost you are to give. You have received the blows of sin, the misfortunes of a fallen world without reason, without light.  But you shall also, says our God, receive his recompense without merit, his healing without harm.  Other peoples in other times have claimed healing as an aspect of God or the gods; how is Christ any different?  One might reply: why should he be “different”? He fulfills the longings of all peoples, even if they were before his Light came.  All wish for healing, but only one gives it.  And it is not in our power to accomplish this.  We cannot say to ourselves, “physician heal thyself.”  We require the aid of the Divine Physician for that.  This season of Advent teaches above all how to wait with anticipation, with joy, for the coming of Christ, but also what we should seek from him.  Not necessarily the gratification of our immediate desires–sometimes yes, if we are suffering horribly, but otherwise, not necessarily–but for that deeper spiritual healing that only comes slowly, through many years of prayer and dedication to the spiritual life.  It is this kind of healing that we can see best in the lives of the Apostles and Saints, such as Peter and Paul, or perhaps even more clearly, the Desert Fathers.  Only then can we welcome the Son of God into the houses of souls when he comes, so that he may deliver us from all of our sins, and heal us of the wounds we have incurred throughout this life.  Then, truly, we shall see our savior standing upon the earth, teaching us right from wrong, and having shown us the true path, filled us with that desire to follow Him alone, and never desert it again for any other.

~ by Alypius on December 11, 2017.

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