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December 5th, 2010 – Second Sunday in Advent

Posted: December 4, 2010 by julesplife in Sunday Reflections

Sunday Bible Reflections by Dr. Scott Hahn

Kingdom Come

Readings:
Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17
Romans 15:4-9
Matthew 3:1-12

“The kingdom of heaven is at hand,” John proclaims. And the Liturgy today paints us a vivid portrait of our new king and the shape of the kingdom He has come to bring.

The Lord whom John prepares the way for in today’s Gospel is the righteous king prophesied in today’s First Reading and Psalm. He is the king’s son, the son of David – a shoot from the root of Jesse, David’s father (see Ruth 4:17).

He will be the Messiah, anointed with the Holy Spirit (see 2 Samuel 23:1; 1 Kings 1:39; Psalm 2:2), endowed with the seven gifts of the Spirit – wisdom, understanding, counsel, strength, knowledge, piety and fear of the Lord.

He will rule with justice, saving the poor from the ruthless and wicked. His rule will be not only over Israel – but will extend from sea to sea, to the ends of the earth. He will be a light, a signal to all nations. And they will seek Him and pay Him homage.

In Him, all the tribes of the earth will find blessing. The covenant promise to Abraham (see Genesis 12:3), renewed in God’s oath to David (see Psalm 89:4,28), will be fulfilled in His dynasty. And His name will be blessed forever.

In Christ, God confirms His oath to Israel’s patriarchs, Paul tells us in today’s Epistle. But no longer are God’s promises reserved solely for the children of Abraham. The Gentiles, too, will glorify God for His mercy. Once strangers, in Christ they will be included in “the covenants of promise” (see Ephesians 2:12).

John delivers this same message in the Gospel. Once God’s chosen people were hewn from the rock of Abraham (see Isaiah 51:1-2). Now, God will raise up living stones (see 1 Peter 2:5) – children of Abraham born not of flesh and blood but of the Spirit.

This is the meaning of the fiery baptism He brings – making us royal heirs of the kingdom of heaven, the Church.

Witness To The Grace/s Of God

Posted: December 4, 2010 by julesplife in Life's Journeys, Memory Book

Just wanted to list some if not as many….of the times I encountered/witness His great love for us on a personal level. I sincerely doubt if I’ll ever forget them, but then again I am only human with a body and mind that was not built to last my whole human lifetime.

I’ve listed a few already in some of my entries in the past…..here are the newer ones

  • Prayer for Cynthia’s mother
  • Prayer for Mae Ann’s Dad
  • Prayer for a couple I’ve never met who lost a young daughter to HMFD.
  • Call for a young man to our faith and another to comeback ‘Home’.
  • Reaching out to two daughters who strayed/stayed away from the faith.
  • Peace at Home from a very trying disagreement.
  • Intervention of a wayward act i.e. the overboard public display of affections by a young teenage couple on the train. 
  • Help with my missing crucifix link.
  • Help with a plumbing incident.
  • Personal healing
  • Seth’s healing from a stomach flu attack.
  • Help with understanding Scripture.

Will share in detail with anyone who asks…..