The Gospel reading from the Mass for Tuesday of the 1st Week of Advent is Luke 10:21-24.

After commissioning His 12 Apostles and then an expanded group of 70 disciples to go and preach the Gospel, Christ welcomes them back, rejoicing that the Kingdom has been preached.  Granting them superhuman powers, including immunity from deadly snakes/scorpions and the attacks of the enemy (Satan), Christ warns them to not rejoice in the powers granted but to rejoice because He will list their names as saints in Heaven.

Turning to the Father from whom all blessings flow, Christ rejoices that the great plan of Salvation History is being accomplished. In just a few short lines, Christ’s prayer to the Father is a powerful blessing that reveals the closeness of the Father and the Son. He reveals the perfect love between the Father and the Son. He reveals His perfect obedience to and reverence for the Father. He expresses His heart-deep thanks for His Father’s blessings. He acknowledges the power the Father has given Him in the world. He confirms the Father’s dominion over Creation.

Christ’s prayer also reveals how men can draw closer to God the Father. Through His example, Christ demonstrates how men can speak with God. He reveals that through the Father’s gracious will, God is hidden from the arrogant (self-proclaimed “wise”) and revealed to the innocent (infants); that only through humble obedience and dependence, men can be open to receiving Christ’s Wisdom. To receive Wisdom, He reveals that the only way to God the Father is through the Son. After Christ’s prayer, He privately reveals to the disciples the profound blessing they have been given in their witness of His prayer in the Holy Spirit to the Father.

Awed by Jesus Christ – Person of the Trinity, Christ reveals glimpses of the relationship of the Father and the Son. Son of God, Jesus asserts that God has the power to influence the lives of men and does so. Almighty King, Christ reveals that only through Him can men be drawn to the Father. Divine Teacher, Christ reveals the profound blessing the disciples have been given in their witness of Christ’s conversation with the Father.

Being a Heroic Catholic Man

1) The Church reminds men during Advent of the many blessed mysteries of Christ. Reflect on the astounding truth that Christ, recognized by most by His human nature, is a Divine Person who shares an incomprehensible intimacy with God the Father.

2) Remarkably, Christ offers men a chance to see His love for the Father in prayer. Reflect upon Christ’s Prayer (CCC 2603, 2701) and during Advent pray for Christ to help you more perfectly do the will of the Father.

3)  In the relativistic modern society in which “all paths lead to Heaven”, the holidays (literally, “holy days”) Christ is ignored or rejected by many because He is not seen as essential; Christ says otherwise: “no one knows the Father except the Son and any one to whom the Son chooses to reveal Him”(v. 27). Reflect upon the the truth that Outside the Church theres is no Salvation (CCC 846-848) and seek Christ’s help to evangelize many souls during Advent and Christmas.

Spiritual Practices – Include in Today’s Prayers

Sacred Mystery of Rosary – The Sorrowful Mysteries

Daily Devotion – The Guardian Angels

Virtue of the Day – Justice

Corporal Work of Mercy – To clothe the naked

Spiritual Work of Mercy – To counsel the doubtful