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Seek the Light

4th Sunday of Advent

“Let the Lord enter; he is king of glory”Ps. 24

Searching for the light of truth is the task in which all human beings would have to live constantly in this life, since we should be aware that we are born in darkness and we only come to know the little that we listen and make an effort to learn. But there is an aggravating factor in this situation, and that is that we can be deceived and swallow lies as if they were truths that only increase the darkness in us and lead us astray from the path of life.

This is why our mission to seek the light must be very cautious about what we choose to believe and accept as valid, since lies and liars who spread deceit and misrepresent reality abound, since they do not have the light of revelation or the wisdom of the Spirit, since there are many who preferred darkness to light.

In this search, it is not so much a question of listening to everyone, but of looking for the most reliable voices, beginning with that of God and that of his Church, and from there looking for the most sensible people and those who better base their positions, given that currently there is an open war against light and truth, wanting to impose false versions of history even from schools that distort everything from their perverse and anti-God ideas that govern the world.

Listening to lies will not bring you closer to the truth, but rather it will take you away from it, the same as listening to the fool, the man without faith, the one led by his ideological agendas and selfish interests. The one we must listen to in order to get closer to the light is the One who is the light, Christ, all his revelation, and the Saints who have followed him closely, people of faith who are open to the Spirit and have wisdom to illuminate, although no human being will be exempt from errors, since our human and earthly knowledge is always partial and never perfect.

Jesus made it very clear to us: my sheep listen to my voice and follow me. They will not listen to other voices, nor should we listen to our own, because only He is God and his voice must prevail over any other, including ours.

Shall we ask the atheist what the Church should be like? Will the ignorant man have to tell us what to do and how to be? No. We must hear this from God, and not from flesh and blood, nor from ours, nor from people without faith.

Seek light in the sources, in revelation and tradition, in God and in the Saints, in the Church and its magisterium… and not in the currents of fashion, in what the world says that has turned its back on God, because far from finding the light we will find darkness and voices that take us from the path wanted and traced by Christ himself.

We have the light within our reach, for the light is in Christ. HE IS THE LIGHT THAT COMES SO THAT WE DO NOT WALK IN DARKNESS. LET US OPEN OUR HEART TO HIM.

Readings for the Week

Monday: Jgs 13:2-7, 24-25a; Ps 71:3-4a, 5-6ab, 16-17; Lk 1:5-25
Tuestday: Is 7:10-14; Ps 24:1-4ab, 5-6; Lk 1:26-38
Wednesday: Sg 2:8-14 or Zep 3:14-18a; Ps 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21; Lk 1:39-45
Thursday: 1 Sm 1:24-28; 1 Sm 2:1, 4-8abcd; Lk 1:46-56
Friday: Mal 3:1-4, 23-34; Ps 25:4-5ab, 8-10, 14; Lk 1:57-66
Saturday: 2 Sm 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16; Ps 89:2-5, 27, 29; Lk 1:67-79

  • Vigil: Is 62:1-5; Ps 89:4-5, 16-17, 27 29; Acts 13:16-17, 22-25; Mt 1:1-25 [18-25]
  • Night: Is 9:1-6; Ps 96:1-3, 11-13; Ti 2:11-14; Lk 2:1-14
  • Dawn: Is 62:11-12; Ps 97:1, 6, 11-12; Ti 3:4-7; Lk 2:15-20
  • Day: Is 52:7-10; Ps 98:1-6; Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18 [1-5, 9-14]

Saints & Special Observances

Sunday: 4rd Sunday of Advent; Hanukkah begins
Wednesday: St. Peter Canisius; Winter begins
Friday: St. John of Kanty
Saturday: The Vigil of Christmas (Christmas Eve)
Sunday: Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ