the universe is put again upon its trial
Are we on trial as Chesterton suggests? Well, God says we have already been on trial in a heavenly sense and the verdict has already been reached. What was the verdict?
“And this is the verdict: The Light has come into the world, but men loved the darkness rather than the Light because their deeds were evil.” (John 3:19)
Yet God gives us hope – and through a child – that the earth, the heavens, the universe, even ourselves can be made new!
For a child is born to us, a son is given to us; upon his shoulder dominion rests. They name him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace. His dominion is vast and forever peaceful, Upon David’s throne, and over his kingdom, which he confirms and sustains By judgment and justice, both now and forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this! (Isaiah 9: 5-6)
This Advent, allow Christ to make you anew in preparation of his spiritual coming this Christmas. And in expectation also of his Second Coming. Take the spiritual communion often in child-like trust.
I believe that You are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
I embrace You as if You were already there
and unite myself wholly to You.
Never permit me to be separated from You.
This Advent, listen to the prayers of children, perhaps reciting the rosary before Mass as some parishes do and join with them in the trusting timber and cadences of their beautiful voices appealing to God and honoring Mary…
“But the influence of children goes further than its first trifling effort of remaking heaven and earth. It forces us actually to remodel our conduct in accordance with this revolutionary theory of the marvellousness of all things….
The fascination of children lies in this: that with each of them all things are remade, and the universe is put again upon its trial. As we walk the streets and see below us those delightful bulbous heads, three times too big for the body, which mark these human mushrooms, we ought always primarily to remember that within every one of these heads there is a new universe, as new as it was on the seventh day of creation. In each of those orbs there is a new system of stars, new grass, new cities, a new sea.” – G.K. Chesterton, A Defense of Baby Worship, The Defendant, 1901