HE IS ELIJAH, THE ONE WHO IS TO COME
[2nd WEEK OF ADVENT – THURSDAY, 10 DECEMBER 2015]
Gospel Reading: Matthew 11:11-15
Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the Kingdom of Heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the Kingdom of Heaven suffers violence, and the violent are taking it by force. All the prophets and the law prophesied up to the time of John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is Elijah, the one who is to come. Whoever has ears ought to hear. (Matthew 11:11-15 NAB)
Prayer: Jesus, You tell us that it is the violent who capture the Kingdom of God. We know that it takes a complete commitment to You and Your teaching, in order to enter into the Kingdom. We have seen it in the lives of the saints, from John the Baptizer to the martyrs of the present day. When people who believe in You and love You, give themselves in martyrdom, they are taking the final step in the same journey they have been walking for most of their lives. Help us to walk that way each day: to show our commitment in our thinking, our acting, our living and loving. Let us be totally Yours, no matter what the cost. Amen.
The prayer is taken from Fr. Killian Speckner OFMConv., THE PRAYERS OF FATHER KILLIAN – A Franciscan Missionary’s Guide to Daily Devotion, Paraclete Press, 1986.
Jakarta, 10 December 2015
A Christian Pilgrim