|The Memorial of Saint Ambrose
Psalms 27:1, 4, 13-14
First Installment - Stories about our saint today
Second Installment - On Waiting
I check out CNN each morning with a slightly morbid curiosity: What has happened? Who's safe and who's not safe? What new terror that lurked unseen during night has been discovered and brought to light by their team of highly photogenic journalists?
So, my 'waiting' this Advent season is more about denying that terror exists and waiting for it to happen. What a difference a day makes!
I pray for the grace to wait for God instead of just waiting for the fulfillment of my fears. I pray that this part of Psalm 27 may be fulfilled this year.
I believe that I shall see the bounty of the Lord
in the land of the living.
Third Installment - On the Demise of the Tyrant
The lowly will ever find joy in the Lord, and the
poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.
I rejoice in the fall of the tyrant when I see the forces of the Taliban surrendering. I would rejoice in the fall of the tyrant if and when Osama bin Laden is captured. I would rejoice in the fall of the tyrant if and when those who spread anthrax through the mail are brought to justice.
But, where is that tyrant whose demise we await, except in your heart and in mine? So, here is my other prayer for the season: Teach me your ways, O God, and lead me in your pathways.
Those who err in spirit shall acquire understanding,
and those who find fault shall receive instruction.
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