Dec. 21, 2020

Monday of the 4th Week of Advent

1st Reading Zep 3:14-18a (or SG 2:8-14 )

Psalm PS 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21

Gospel LK 1:39-45

O Antiphon

O Radiant Dawn,
splendor of eternal light, sun of justice:
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the
shadow of death.

Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged!
The LORD, your God, is in your midst,
a mighty savior;
He will rejoice over you with gladness,
and renew you in his love… – Zeph. 16-17

Do not be discouraged!

What a beautiful reminder from Zephaniah! This has been a year when it has been easy to get discouraged – by the behavior of other people, by politics, by events out of our control.

The study of world history is always time well spent, for it can remind us that there is no time in history that is free from trouble. It is easy to forget that, with the multitude of distressing things that seemed to have occurred in 2020.

There is so much we cannot control. But the Lord IS in our midst. He will renew us in his love.

Christmas is almost here. One of the greatest gifts of the season is renewal, a reminder of what really matters – loving God and loving all those around us. And this love is His love, poured out on us so that we may pour it out on others. When we do so, He WILL renew us in His love.

Love came down from heaven. Let us love, and so be renewed in our hearts and souls.

Challenge – How can you love others in a special way today? Recognize His love in the kind acts you see today.

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