A reflection based the the Gospel for December 3, 2007 (Mt. 8: 5-11 ), by Mother Maria-Michael Newe, OSB.
The Gospel today reminded me of our own prayer board, where we post the prayer requests people present to us. I am always touched by how candidly they ask us for prayers. Then we bring them to Christ, and I think He is touched by that. I think today missionary work is not so much telling people about Christ as it is praying for them. Their conversion comes about through the mystical Body of Christ and through the power of prayer. The more we desire Christ, the more the desire of the whole is strengthened.
I was reading something recently about marriage, and it said that one of the most deadly things people do that causes a marriage to break down is that they forget to spend time with one another. So it is with us (as the spouse of Christ). We sustain our vows by our relationship with Christ, by spending time with Him, by keeping our eyes fixed on Him.
Isn't that what Advent is all about? Beg Him for the special grace of His coming at Christmas. He is coming. Beg, plead, for that coming. Start pestering the Master now.