Advent Reflection Booklet 2014 - page 9

First Tuesday of Advent
Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise,
Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hid-
den these things from the wise and the learned you have re-
vealed them to the childlike.”
Luke 10:21
As I reflect on this scripture I am preparing to travel to my
grandmother’s funeral, and I find myself thinking of my life in
terms of the things she taught me during hers. I cannot escape
the conclusion that, although I am an educated man now, the les-
sons that inform the best parts of who I am are those I learned
when I was five, from her.
Jesus’ lesson tells us much the same thing. Although at Immacu-
lata we are engaged in the enterprise of learning all we can about
as much as we can, and rightly so, ultimately it is only the sim-
plest truths we need carry from the beginning of our lives ‘til the
end: all things are of God, He loves us and we should rejoice,
there is no error He cannot make right. Attempts to figure out the
whys and wherefores of God from any but a childlike perspec-
tive are perhaps time wasted; we need only accept His benevo-
lence, give thanks, and go about our merry way.
I pray the Holy Spirit will interrupt my worries, my concerns, my
questions for a few moments that I may simply accept his won-
drous gifts with good grace. May the Lord bless me to accept his
love as a child does his grandmother’s, that I may be at peace
all the days of my life.
Timothy W. Fallis, Ph.D
Assistant Professor of English/Communication
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