It is 7th December 2017. We celebrate the memorial of St Ambrose, Bishop and the Doctor of the Church. The readings are from Isaiah 26:1-6; and the Gospel from Matthew 7:21, 24-27. We read a song of victory from the prophet Isaiah in the first reading. The gruesome human power that was strangling the lives of God’s people is overcome by the power of God and by His intervention. Human power depends on another human power to continue in their positions that oppresses the poor and the lowly. But for those who trust in the Lord will enjoy the security and protection from God himself for the rest of their lives. The arrival of Messiah brings victory over such human occupations, invasions and encroachments in our spiritual lives. God’s power is fully revealed in the messianic rule and therefore let us open the gates of our lives and cities wipe open for Him to enter in. God himself becomes the fortress, the shelter, the protection, the defense, and the foundation for the humble, the poor, and the oppressed. “Trust in the Lord forever, for in the Lord God you have an everlasting rock.” (Is. 26:4). God wants to rebuild our broken lives, cities and relationships during this Advent. God wishes to build our lives in Him, the everlasting rock not on sand which is the human power. God himself becomes the abode for all humanity. God is enshrined in all what we are and what we wish to be; without God we are powerless and pointless. The Advent is the time to open our lives for God to enter in without any reservation, hesitation and biases. Unless and until, our lives are built on God, it could be shattered by the horrible, the untimely repeating winds and downpour that could wash away our hard-earned lives just by a fraction of a second. The responsorial Psalm acclaims, “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.” (Ps.117:26). We are pointed out in the Gospel that tough and challenging times are to come into our lives when we are least prepared and expected. When we think we have done everything materially right to secure our future, the blow comes from somewhere that knocks us down and paralyze our existence for the rest our lives. When our lives are built and motivated by human words, assurances, and promises, the end is unimaginably unbearable. Jesus and His Words are the solid rock. We need to build our lives around and on the Words of Jesus. Our faith in the Lord Jesus must be seen in our actions that is founded and built in Him, the Rock all ages. May God be our foundation and the Christ be the structure where we have beings secured. May you have a good day.

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