Day two of the “Advent Prayers” series. In her liturgy, the Church todays uses the prayers for the memorial of St Francis Xavier. However, these reflections follow from the collect which would have been used if today was not a saint’s feast.
The collect for the first Tuesday of Advent:
Look with favor, Lord God, on our petitions, and in our trials grant us your compassionate help, that, consoled by the presence of your Son, whose coming we now await, we may be tainted no longer by the corruption of former ways. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.
Have you ever seen child who has lost sight of his parent? Very quickly he becomes nervous, and might even begin to cry until he catches sight of his parents. Once we become accustomed to the presence of Our Lord, Our Lady, and the angels and saints, the same anxiety occurs if we sense their absence. When I was a child and would go to the mall with my father, he would tell me that if we got separated we would meet at a certain place at a certain time. This was very reassuring for both of us because we always knew where the other could be found. Similarly, Jesus has told us where He can always be found if we find ourselves separated from Him: in the Sacraments, especially Reconciliation and the Eucharist. Whenever I walk into a Catholic church I always look for the burning sanctuary lamp, because this tells me that Jesus is present in the Blessed Sacrament (and waiting for me to make a visit!). Perhaps today, in the midst of whatever is going on in our lives, we might go out of our way to make a visit to Our Lord?