Dec. 24, 2020

Thursday of the 4th Week of Advent

1st Reading 2 SM 7:1-5, 8B-12, 14A, 16 

Psalm PS 89:2-3, 4-5, 27 AND 29

Gospel LK 1:67-79

In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.” Luke 1:78-79

This morning it is Thursday of the 4th Week of Advent. At sundown, it is Christmas Eve , the Christmas Vigil.

All I ask for you today is to meditate on the above words of Zechariah in the Gospel of Luke. Feel the tender compassion of our God pouring over you.

Hear the words of St. Paul to the Philippians (not part of the readings today, but very worth hearing):

Have among yourselves the same attitude that is also yours in Christ Jesus,

Who,though he was in the form of God,
did not regard equality with God something to be grasped.
Rather, he emptied himself,
taking the form of a slave,
coming in human likeness;
and found human in appearance,
he humbled himself,
becoming obedient to death,
even death on a cross.
Because of this, God greatly exalted him
and bestowed on him the name
that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus
every knee should bend,
of those in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

and every tongue confess that
Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

-Philippians 2:5-11

He is coming. He is very near.

Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.

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