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Thursday, December 15, 2005

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Isaiah 54:1-10
Psalm 30
Luke 7:24-30

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"What did you go out to see?" —Luke 7:24

Jesus asks the crowds and us: "What, really, did you go out to see — someone dressed luxuriously? Remember, those who dress in luxury and eat in splendor are to be found in" shopping malls, sleighs, and endless TV Christmas specials (see Lk 7:24-25). The crowds flock to see Santa, searching for glad tidings, good cheer, and perhaps, somehow, a measure of love.

Today, the Church proclaims to the searching crowds that good news and love are available in Jesus. He loves you "with enduring love" (Is 54:8). He has "sworn not to be angry with you, or to rebuke you" (Is 54:9). He assures you: "Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, My love shall never leave you nor My covenant of peace be shaken, says the Lord, Who has mercy on you" (Is 54:10).

Be like the wise men (Mt 2:11). They went out to see the Christ Child, and they found Love beyond all telling. Seek the Lord and He will be found (Jer 29:13-14). Look for Love, and He will find you.

Prayer:  Father, may I look to You for love, not to the world.

Promise:  "I assure you, there is no man born of woman greater than John. Yet the least born into the kingdom of God is greater than he." —Lk 7:28

Praise:  Meditating on the passion of Christ helps Thomas appreciate how very much God values him.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)
(Look for Love by reading the Bible every day. We have several tape series to help you. Overview of the Bible is six audio tapes starting with AV 10A-1 or three video tapes starting with V-10A. 15-minute Bible Teaching - New Testament is forty audio tapes starting with #700. An Introduction to each Book of the Bible is 32 audio tapes starting with AV 21-1 or 17 video tapes starting with V-21.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Daniel E. Pilarczyk, Archbishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 19, 2005

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