Posted by: frburke23 | December 15, 2014

Thought for Monday, 3rd Week of Advent

Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17A

When Balaam raised his eyes and saw Israel encamped, tribe by tribe,
the spirit of God came upon him,
and he gave voice to his oracle:

The utterance of Balaam, son of Beor,
the utterance of a man whose eye is true,
The utterance of one who hears what God says,
and knows what the Most High knows,
Of one who sees what the Almighty sees,
enraptured, and with eyes unveiled:
How goodly are your tents, O Jacob;
your encampments, O Israel!
They are like gardens beside a stream,
like the cedars planted by the LORD.
His wells shall yield free-flowing waters,
he shall have the sea within reach;
His king shall rise higher,
and his royalty shall be exalted.

Then Balaam gave voice to his oracle:

The utterance of Balaam, son of Beor,
the utterance of the man whose eye is true,
The utterance of one who hears what God says,
and knows what the Most High knows,
Of one who sees what the Almighty sees,
enraptured, and with eyes unveiled.
I see him, though not now;
I behold him, though not near:
A star shall advance from Jacob,
and a staff shall rise from Israel.

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Balaam is inspired by God as he speaks in today’s reading from Numbers.  He sees “a star shall advance from Jacob” and anyone who stays close to this star will be “like gardens beside a stream, like the cedars planted by the Lord.”  He goes on to say “his royalty shall be exalted”. 

Of course, we believe that Balaam was speaking about the coming of Jesus.  All who stay close to this King will be able to drink from His living water for all eternity.

This should give us great hope as we approach Christmas.  No matter how difficult the news is around us, the Lord has won the victory and is the king of the universe.  He promises us, the King of the universe, that He will be with us until the end of time.  Jesus is the answer for all our ailments.

What are the fears that I carry in my heart today?

Have I brought them to the Lord in prayer?

Take time to meditate on the providential love of God today.  He will never abandon you.  He will guide and protect you through the worst of times.  St. Paul told us yesterday to “rejoice always”.  Can I rejoice today that Jesus is near?

Have a blessed day!

Fr. Burke


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