Thought of the day
Saturday, December 3, 2016

Saturday of the First week of Advent

Saint Bernard (1091-1153), Cistercian monk and doctor of the Church 7th Sermon for Advent

Saturday of the First week of Advent

Commentary of the day
Saint Bernard (1091-1153), Cistercian monk and doctor of the Church 
7th Sermon for Advent

"At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them because they were troubled and abandoned"

From now on we are celebrating with all our hearts the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ, and this is nothing other than what we ought to do since he has not just come to us, but for us. As for the Lord, he has no need of good things from us: the greatness of the grace he has shown us clearly manifests the depth of our need. We assess the gravity of a sickness by what it costs to heal it... 

So we needed a Savior to come to us for the state in which we found ourselves rendered his presence indispensable. May the Savior come quickly, then! May he come to live in our midst by faith with all the wealth of his grace. May he come to draw us out of our blindness and free us from our infirmities, taking control of our weakness! If he is within us, who can lead us astray? If he is on our side, what can we not do in him who is our strength? (Phil 4,13). "If he is for us who can be against us?" (Rm 8,31). Jesus Christ is an unfailing advocate who can neither be deceived not deceive; he is a powerful helper whose strength can never be spent... He is the very wisdom of God, the very strength of God (1Cor 1,24)... So let us all run together to such a Master, in every undertaking implore his aid, in the midst of our struggles entrust ourselves to so certain a defender. If he has come into the world already it is to live in our midst, with us and for us.