Wednesday, December 11, 2013
They shall run and not be weary...
Many people take time to write at Christmas and so we are able to catch up with our friends. I find so many are asking for prayer that it encourages me to take all to prayer. The Church of the Epiphany in Miami just had Forty Hours and I made a point of going over to pray there. It is a huge, new Church and I really like the smaller, older one where I went to Mass during my first two years in Miami when we lived closer. It is still a good place to pray and I always try to go over at Christmas to see their crib and the whole town they construct in the back of the Church.
Well, here we go with another excerpt to pray over from the Gospel of Joy:
11. A renewal of preaching can offer believers, as well as the lukewarm and the non-practising,
new joy in the faith and fruitfulness in the workof evangelization. The heart of its message will
always be the same: the God who revealed his immense love in the crucified and risen Christ.
God constantly renews his faithful ones, whatever their age: “They shall mount up with wings
like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not be faint” (Is 40:31). Christ is
the “eternal Gospel” (Rev 14:6); he “is the same yesterday and today and forever” (Heb 13:8), yet his riches and beauty are inexhaustible. He is for ever young and a constant source of newness. The Church never fails to be amazed at “the depth of the riches and wisdom and knowledge of God” (Rom 11:33). Saint John of the Cross says that “the thicket of God’s wisdom and knowledge is so deep and so broad that the soul, however much it has come to know of it, can always penetrate deeper within it”.7 Or as Saint Irenaeus writes: “By his coming, Christ brought with him all newness”.8 With this newness he is always able to renew our lives and our communities, and even if the Christian message has known periods of darkness and ecclesial weakness, it will never grow old. Jesus can also break through the dull categories with which we would enclose him and he constantly amazes us by his divine creativity. Whenever we make the effort to return to the source and to recover the original freshness of the Gospel, new avenues arise, new paths of creativity open up, with different forms of expression, more eloquent signs and words with new meaning for today’s world. Every form of authentic evangelization is always “new”.
I am holding on to the quote from Isaiah 40, especially the "they shall run and not be weary"...