Advent

A God Who Keeps His Promises – Second Meditation of Advent

A God Who Keeps His Promises – Second Meditation of Advent

During those 600 years of waiting, the cry of every faithful Israelite must have been, “How Long, O Lord, How Long?” But no matter how great the darkness, no matter how impossible the situation seemed, God did not fail in his promises. To the contrary he fulfilled them more abundantly than they could have ever imagined. He fulfilled them in Christ.

As you look to the Christ child this Christmas, see there not simply a babe in a manger, but the supreme and earth-shattering evidence of a God who does not fail in his word, even when we fail him. For he is the God is the God of Love, the God who keeps His promises.

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The Power of Yes – First Meditation of Advent

The Power of Yes – First Meditation of Advent

Mary was confident that, although this call on her life would cost her everything, it would not be at her expense…No, she was central to the purposes of that call because by it, she, too, would not only be saved but also honored. “All generations will call me blessed” she says, in confidence that the fulfillment of God’s call rested not on the whims of man but in His faithfulness, for His plans are not to harm his faithful ones, but to prosper them and give them a hope and a future (Jeremiah 29:11).

Wherever He has called you, wherever He is asking you to serve Him right here and now, however great the sacrifice to your dreams or even your life know this:…You are not simply His instrument, but His beloved child whom He delights to use not only for his glory, but for your good.

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Brimming with Expectation – Gospel in Preparation for the First Sunday of Advent

Brimming with Expectation – Gospel in Preparation for the First Sunday of Advent

Advent…reminds us that the Last Day, the Day of Judgment is something to be celebrated; for to those who have been vigilant it is not Judgment but Salvation. Our Catechism teaches us that Advent is the time during which “the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming” (CCC 524). We have been sustained by Christ, we have been given great faith, innumerable graces and blessed companions so that we might experience His coming with joy! We don’t practice vigilance in prayer only because “the Bible tells us so”. We are vigilant in prayer because we are brimming with expectation.

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The Assurance of Hope – Second Reading in Preparation for the First Sunday of Advent

The Assurance of Hope – Second Reading in Preparation for the First Sunday of Advent

This is a vastly important message for all who would follow Christ and hope to reach heaven. It is knowing that we can’t lose that gives us the courage to try, to strive, and to persevere even in the face of strong opposition. It is the knowledge that God is for us that emboldens us to face every enemy. Perhaps this is the very message you need to hear today: That God is for you! That He will finish what He has started in you! That He will sustain you to the end! And that nothing can separate you from His love!

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Waiting and Longing – First Reading in Preparation for the First Sunday of Advent

Waiting and Longing – First Reading in Preparation for the First Sunday of Advent

The irony of Advent has always been, for me, the waiting and longing for someone who has already come. Why do we do it? Why not go straight to Christmas? I think that part of the reason is that we can’t receive a Savior who we don’t realize we need. The value of Advent is remembering just how much we need him, pondering our exile, realizing how we got there, and remembering how helpless we are to be our own deliverer. In Advent we remember that we are all addicts taking the first three steps in a twelve step program: facing our addiction to sin and the harm it has done to ourselves and others, admitting we are powerless over it, coming to believe that only Jesus can deliver us, and deciding again to turn our will and our lives over to the Savior.

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