James H. Kurt
November 30(1997) (Jer.33:14-16; Ps.25:4-5,8-10,14;
A new year begins on this the First Sunday of Advent.
The Lord teaches us to love;
He teaches us to prepare our hearts,
to prepare our lives for His coming.
The way is not easy, we must know this -
but it is nothing to fear if we love Him,
if we seek Him
and make progress every day in Him.
Even our readings tonight speak of love,
a love I know I lack at times,
but a love I shall seek.
And this morning at Mass I am blessed to speak briefly
of the beauty of Medjugorje
and the Mother's messages.
(A way yet to go to sainthood have we;
we must learn to wait for His coming.)
Jesus, be with us.
Holy Spirit, please bless us.
December 1 (Is.2:1-5; Ps.122:1-9; Mt.8:5-11)
Nations of faith shall stream to the House of God;
those who believe shall be welcomed in.
I continue to work on my faith and to find peace. Confidence and maturity (as real as the beard on my face, grown in Medjugorje) are being deeply set in me. The chinks in my armor are being filled.
This morning we take refuge in convent chapel; weekday Masses are to take place there beginning today. In this tiny chapel, the elderly woman behind me noted: "The church looks full."
Peace be to all who find their home and instruction in God's house.
In prayer, we find refuge in you, O Lord.
Lead us to thy home.
Heal us of all wrongs.
December 2 (Is.11:1-10; Ps.72:1,7-8,12-13,17; Lk.10:21-24)
Our eyes look upon the Prince of Peace,
by whom the lamb does lie down with the lion. Alleluia!
Perhaps there is hope.
Tonight we have first of our parish/cluster/deanery meetings with aspirations to reform and renew the Catholic Church in our area. It seems sometimes to
me we are dying as a church, but together with the Spirit we may find rejuvenation. Perhaps we may all be able to sit down together and in unity find peace.
Also, speaking at length with woman of other religion (Islam) as well as those of other nations and colors. In the presence of Jesus all is possible.
(And all shall see.)
Lord, in life and death we are one in you.
May Isaiah's vision of peace become reality. May you who are near, who are here,
become known to us.
(That peace is always present,
but we so readily pass it by.)
December 3 (Is.25:6-10; Ps.23:1-6; Mt.15:29-37)
The Lord provides.
When we have His will in mind,
when we love with His heart -
all is given that is needed.
Worry not, for if your desire is to serve the Lord,
you will be cared for.
It strikes me so clearly that it is Jesus' compassion for the people, His need to care for them, that creates the miracle. And, of course, it is wonderful that they come with such faith to the Shepherd. This is how it
is in the Father's kingdom.
The Lord provides me with His peace and patience these days. And my fast is as a great spiritual feast.
And He gives me rest.
O Lord, to live one day in your blessed presence -
eternally to be with you!
Convert our hearts to you.
(Even as Xavier did those of India.)
December 4 (Is.26:1-6; Ps.118:1,8-9,19-21,25-27;
Our greatest security lies in humility;
if we humble ourselves before our God,
He will have no need to grind us into dust.
I pray and I beg that I shall indeed do
the will of the Lord,
that I shall not do anything less
than fulfill His call for my life.
And I believe the Lord hears me
as I seek to root out all lies;
and I feel the Blessed Mother's presence
as in prayer I lay down my life...
and I sense the Lord's light filling my mind.
Medjugorje is a rock
whose peace continues to bless my life,
as the prayer of the rosary fulfills my days in God.
(Prayer is such a wonderful refuge and a blessing -
in it we find life.)
Jesus, I love you.
(And I finish the Little Flower's autobiography today -
ah, such humility and love!)
December 5 (Is.29:17-24; Ps.27:1,4,13-14; Mt.9:27-31)
If only I could see Jesus...
Gloom and darkness are upon us today -
black clouds overhead all day.
(Though there is something majestic, awesome about them.)
During Mass this morning I imagined Jesus touching my eyes and healing them...
but I'm afraid I continue blind.
And driving home from cemetery I dream of seeing Jesus.
Remain not apart from me, Lord.
Turn and heal me.
(He does restore my soul.)
Note: Skies particularly majestic all week.
December 6 (Is.30:19-21,23-26; Ps.147:1-6,Is.30:18;
O how I need to hear that voice -
"This is the way; walk in it."
Lord, I would be a laborer for you,
if you would lead me forth.
(At the Bread of Life Soup Kitchen,
we feed those who are hungry,
and comfort those in need.
Yes, the Lord is merciful...
but so far are we from home.)
December 7 (Bar.5:1-9; Ps.126:1-6; Phil.1:4-6,8-11;
Make straight the way of the Lord! Clear a path for His coming!
Let the mountains of pride be torn to the ground;
let the valleys of doubt be filled with grace.
Hallelujah, He comes!
Yes, He come to redeem all souls
from the depths of the grave,
from the heights of ignorance.
Though my life be an uneven path,
I pray He shall come
and allay all anxiety,
and arouse me to activity
in His name.
He shall come.
Though I doubt in fear, I know
He shall come.
He has been here.
Remain with us, O Lord,
until the last day.
(Quote from TV movie (approximately):
"You must wait on His pleasure to reveal
what He has in store for you.")
December 8 (Gn.3:9-15,20; Ps.98:1-4; Eph.1:3-6,11-12;
Immaculate Conception. Purity of Mary.
Crush the head of the serpent, Dear Mother. Make us sons again of the loving Father.
(What joy the cleansing of Confession brings...
and this country, too, may soon be cleansed,
may soon be renewed,
in ways we could not dream of -)
Blessed Vision of Christ, be our Light.