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Bishop Hying's Advent Reflections

Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent - December 7, 2016

Isaiah 40: 25-31
Matthew 11: 28-30

Most Reverend Donald J. Hying, Bishop of Gary

The Scriptures speak of weariness and weakness in the human soul and God’s desire to lift us up, carry us forward and hold each one of us close.  Jesus tells us that his yoke is easy and the burden is light, and yet, when I proclaim this same Scripture (which is contained in the ritual for the Anointing of the Sick) to someone lying in a hospital bed or suffering excruciating pain, nothing feels easy or light.  I know the Lord is inviting us to let him carry the burden, to hand over our lives to the mystery of the cross and resurrection, to surrender control.  In his spiritual diary, “The Journal of a Soul,” Pope John XXIII speaks about being carried through the crowds in the seda gestatoria, the portable papal chair, and reflecting on the experience as symbolic of the Lord carrying us throughout life.

The preaching of St. Ambrose, whose feast is today, drew St. Augustine towards conversion and entry into the Church.  Listening to the saint preach in the cathedral in Milan, the young, restless, sinful Augustine finally handed his life completely over to the Lord, and went on to become a bishop, saint and Doctor of the Church.  Who knows what will happen if we keep surrendering as well.

A fundamental tenet of Alcoholics Anonymous is surrender to a higher power.  What do you need to hand over to the Lord?

Augustine was converted by listening to homilies.  Follow Matthew Kelly’s advice: take a notebook to church and write down one thing from the Eucharist that strikes you as significant.


Isaías 40: 25-31
Mateo 11: 28-30

Las Escrituras hablan de cansancio y debilidad en el alma humana y el deseo de Dios de elevarnos, llevarnos adelante y mantener cada uno de nosotros cerca. Jesús nos dice que su yugo es fácil y la carga es ligera, y sin embargo, cuando proclamo esta misma Escritura (que está contenida en el ritual de la Unción de los Enfermos) a alguien acostado en una cama de hospital o sufriendo un dolor insoportable, nada Se siente fácil o ligero. Sé que el Señor nos está invitando a que le deje llevar la carga, a entregar nuestras vidas al misterio de la cruz y la resurrección, a entregar el control. En su diario espiritual "El Diario de un Alma", el Papa Juan XXIII habla de ser llevado a través de las multitudes en la seda gestatoria, la silla papal portátil, y reflexionar sobre la experiencia como símbolo del Señor que nos lleva a lo largo de la vida.

La predicación de San Ambrosio, cuya fiesta es hoy, atrajo a San Agustín hacia la conversión y la entrada en la Iglesia. Al oír al santo predicar en la catedral de Milán, el joven, inquieto y pecaminoso Agustín finalmente entregó su vida completamente al Señor, y pasó a ser obispo, santo y doctor de la Iglesia. ¿Quién sabe lo qué pasará si seguimos entregandonos  también.

Un principio fundamental de Alcohólicos Anónimos es la entrega a un poder superior. ¿Qué necesitas entregar al Señor?

Agustín se convirtió escuchando homilías. Siga el consejo de Mateo Kelly: lleve un cuaderno a la iglesia y anote una cosa de la Eucaristía que le parece importante.


Past Advent Reflections


MISSION STATEMENT: DIOCESE OF GARY

As members of the Body of Christ, the people of the Roman Catholic community of the  Diocese of Gary, diverse but united  through Baptism and empowered by the Holy Spirit, nourished by Word and Sacrament, are called to continue the mission of Jesus by being a sign and instrument of God’s kingdom of truth, peace, justice, and love.