Prophecy

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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Finding Ourselves in the Story – Gospel in Preparation for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

Finding Ourselves in the Story – Gospel in Preparation for the Thirty-Third Sunday in Ordinary Time

This is the epic story in which we are invited to find ourselves, for it is our story. It is not an easy story, for many of the hardships which Jesus predicts for his disciples will be faced by us, as well. It cannot be otherwise, for evil is real and, this side of heaven, death and destruction still reign as enemies.

But, thanks to the cross, they are vanquished enemies.

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Man Fully Alive – First Reading in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Man Fully Alive – First Reading in Preparation for the Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

“…only in the mystery of the incarnate Word does the mystery of man take on light. For…Christ, the final Adam, by the revelation of the mystery of the Father and His love, fully reveals man to man himself and makes his supreme calling clear. (Gaudiam et Spes, 22)

It is only in “learning Christ”—as St. Ignaitus of Antioch put it—that we come to know who we are and what our purpose in life is. And it is in growing in intimacy with him and living out that intimacy by our every thought, word, and deed that we become more fully ourselves, for “The glory of God is man fully alive.” (St. Irenaeus)

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