St. Francis Xavier, Priest
Prophets know that God’s saving work is not just for the Jewish people. Isaiah calls his countrymen to “walk in the light of the Lord,” anticipating the day when “all nations shall stream toward [Jerusalem].” Jesus meets a Roman centurion whose faith amazes him compared to many “children of the kingdom.” As Advent begins, we might ask ourselves whether we, who have had the benefit of hearing the Word of God and receiving sacraments, have weak or strong faith. Today’s Readings: Isaiah 2:1–5; Psalm 122:1–2, 3–4b, 4cd–5, 6–7, 8–9; Matthew 8:5–11.
© 2018 Liturgy Training Publications. 800-933-1800. Written by Barbara Matera. Scripture texts are taken from the New American Bible, revised edition © 2010, 1991, 1986, 1970, Confraternity of Christian Doctrine, Inc., Washington, DC. All rights reserved. Used by permission. Permission to publish granted by the Archdiocese of Chicago, on March 9, 2018.