Sunday, December 22, 2013

Fourth Sunday of Advent: LOVE!

"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." - John 3:16

The Sunday, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, is the Sunday of LOVE. Love comes in many forms: the love between a parent and child, the love between man and wife, the love between sisters and brothers, the love between friends....

The Love that God has for us is often imagined as parent to child...a perfectly loving and patient parent...and we are His unruly children...sometimes loving, sometimes hating, sometimes making Him proud, sometimes making Him weep...but always, ALWAYS, beloved.

On the Fourth Sunday, the church often reiterates the prophecies, God's promises to a broken world, a broken people.

"Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel." - Isaiah 7:14

"But thou, Bethlehem Ephratah, though thou be little among the thousands of Judah, yet out of thee shall he come forth unto me that is to be ruler in Israel; whose goings forth have been from of old, from everlasting.

Therefore will he give them up, until the time that she which travaileth hath brought forth: then the remnant of his brethren shall return unto the children of Israel. And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the Lord, in the majesty of the name of the Lord his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth." - Micah 5:2-4

On this Sunday, I am spending some quiet time in reflection...seeing where I need to stronger in love...where I am letting my Holy Father down, and what I can do about it (mostly pray, I know!). 

Have a blessed week!

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