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Second Sunday of Advent

Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11
2 Peter 3:8-14
Psalm 85:9-14
Mark 1:1-8

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tender, comforting love

"Comfort, give comfort to My people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem." —Isaiah 40:1-2

This Christmas, the Lord wants us to have a special "encounter" with Him (see Church in America, 3). He wants our relationship with Him to be greater than any other love in our life. He will make our relationship with Him so deep, personal, and intimate that He will be a Source of comfort for us even in our worst sufferings (see Is 40:1-2; Ps 94:19). The Lord wants a tender relationship with us (see Is 40:2). He even lives in us and us in Him (Jn 14:20; 17:23, NAB). The depth and the intimacy of our relationship with the Lord is such that we can receive even His Body and Blood into our bodies.

We receive this deep, personal, intimate relationship with Jesus through the Holy Spirit. For example, Jesus' disciples spent day after day with Jesus for years, but they never had a deep relationship. This was manifested when they abandoned Christ as He was crucified. However, when the Holy Spirit descended upon them at Pentecost, they became so close to Jesus that they gave their lives to Him, proclaimed His love to the nations, and even died for Him.

Therefore, let us pray: Come, Holy Spirit! Come, Christmas Spirit of comforting, tender, and deep love!

Prayer:  Father, let it be done to me according to Your will (see Lk 1:38).

Promise:  "Make every effort to be found without stain or defilement, and at peace in His sight." —2 Pt 3:14

Praise:  Jesus came forth from the tomb; "Truth shall spring out of the earth" (Ps 85:12). Praise You, risen Jesus, for conquering death and saving us.

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, March 3, 2017

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