Shalom- 12/12/2017

Đăng bởi ngày 11 Tháng Mười Hai, 2017


Tue 12th Dec 2017
2nd Week of Advent

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Is. 40:1-11
Ps. 96(95):1-2,3,10,11-13
Mt. 18:12-14    (Ps Wk II)



In this penitential season, God comes to us to console us, even as we go to God in repentance, for the sins we have committed and are sorry for.  We are reminded by the prophet Isaiah, that in our frailty as human beings, we are nothing more than the grass that so easily wither and the flower that so easily fade.

We may be exiled like the Israelites were in Babylon but God will not let us go.  Isaiah reminds us that God desires to come to us to console us and to keep on consoling us.  So, let us in the ‘wilderness’ of our humanity, “come to our senses” (Luke 15:17), straighten our lives, and let God in, right into our heart.

Let us cling to God’s Word (which “’remains for ever”— Is 40:8), that God comes to us, not as a punisher, but as a shepherd (Is 40:11) — Who is “feeding His flock” … nourishing them; Who is “gathering His lambs in His arms … holding them against His breast” — a picture and statement of a tender loving, caring, consoling, comforting, forgiving, and  redeeming God.

Lord, let my heart feel Your continuous consolation in this season of Advent.