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Immersed in Christ: December 14, 2020

Monday of the Third Week of Advent

Praise God for What You Know

Your ways, O LORD, make known to me; teach me your paths,

Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior.

The fact is, God has taught us his ways and made known to us his truth. We need to recognize this and praise him for it constantly. What we praise we will appreciate. Praise makes us aware.

Balaam knew God had enlightened him. He knew who he was:

The utterance of Balaam, son of Beor…

The utterance of one who hears what God says

and knows what the Most High knows;

Of one who sees what the Almighty sees,

enraptured, and with eyes unveiled.

The truth is, any Christian knows much more than Balaam. We may not be “enraptured,” but by the Holy Spirit poured into our hearts at Baptism, we share in God’s own act of knowing. This is called the “light of faith.” It is given to all who share in the divine life of God, which is the definition of the “grace of our Lord Jesus Christ.”

I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you.

In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me; because I live, you also will live. On that day you will know that I am in my Father, and you in me, and I in you (John 14:16).

We need to be aware of this in order to know who we are. Each of us needs to say, like Balaam, substituting our own names for his, “The utterance of NAME, son or daughter of NAME,

one who hears what God says

and knows what the Most High knows;

One who sees what the Almighty sees...

True or false? We have the word of Jesus himself that it is true:

Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants… All things have been handed over to me by my Father; and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him” (Matthew 11:25).

I do not call you servants any longer, because the servant does not know what the master is doing; but I have called you friends, because I have made known to you everything that I have heard from my Father (John 15:15).

When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all the truth; for he will not speak on his own, but… take what is mine and declare it to you. All that the Father has is mine. For this reason I said that he will take what is mine and declare it to you (John 16:13).

We need to praise God, because he is “good and upright; he shows sinners the way.

He guides the humble to justice, he teaches the humble his way.

If we praise we will appreciate. If we praise God for enlightening us, we will be aware of who we are.

DAILY PRACTICE: Be aware. Praise God constantly for what you see with the eyes of faith.

ADVENT PRAYER: Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my savior.”

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