Memorial of St. Francis Xavier, priest
Turning to the disciples in private He said,“Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.”
Since I am generally not a writer (which has been blatantly evident to my wife, who worked for years as a newspaper editor), I prayed for the Holy Spirit to give me guidance on this article about the Gospel reading for the day.
As I reflected on the reading, one thought kept coming to mind: faith. Not the faith of the disciples who saw and heard Jesus, but the disciples who came before and after His birth, death and resurrection. The prophets were given the words and visions about the coming of our Savior but had no tangible evidence other than faith. Faith must be a powerful force for someone to believe unreservedly, that the world will receive a King whose kingdom may not be of this world.
What are the words and visions given to us today about faith in that unseen kingdom, or can we actually see it every day, through faith displayed by disciples around us? Those who know faith in Jesus Christ, our Savior, is so powerful; it conquers death and reveals new life. Disciples not only know about Jesus, but they also live His message. Advent, to me, is similar to Lent; both present opportunities to reflect on our faith, as well as to anticipate the celebration of God’s gift to us, His Son.
Sergeant Pat Signorino is a member of the Department of Public Safety and Security Preparedness.