Tuesday of the Third Week of Advent

December 13, 2016 / By: Ann Marie Heimel

In today’s readings, the psalmist reminds us, “The Lord hears the cry of the poor. Look to the Lord that you may be radiant with joy.” (Ps 34:7a & 6)

In our complex world, we sometimes feel invisible and insignificant in the sight of others and even in the sight of God.  It can be challenging to feel God’s love in an intimate and personal way.  Mother Teresa refers to this interior emptiness as spiritual poverty.  In his Poverty News Blog, Journal Chretien quotes Mother Teresa’s wisdom,

The spiritual poverty of the Western World is much greater than the physical poverty of our people…  They know they need something more than money, yet they don’t know what it is… What they are missing, really, is a living relationship with God.

Today’s psalm reminds us that God does hear our cries and our longings.  God directs us to respond by looking to the Lord.  When we look into the eyes of our Savior we realize that JOY is born from LOVE.

One of my favorite ways to encounter God is to imagine myself in a scene from Scripture.  Today, I imagine myself in the stable in Bethlehem.  I am welcomed to my place at the foot of the crèche by Joseph and Mary, I sit in comfort on fresh straw, and feel warmth from the breath and bodies of the cows, donkeys, sheep, camels and chickens who adore with me in silent awe.  A golden hue fills the space as it radiates from the babe.  I gaze into the eyes of the little one who sees me, comforts me and loves me as His own and my heart bursts open with JOY.  “The Lord hears the cry of the poor.  Look to the Lord that you may be radiant with joy.” (Ps 34:7a & 6)

Ann Marie Heimel, Coordinator III, Dean of Students Office