Posted by: livingscripture | December 13, 2015

Third Sunday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

“Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Sing joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter Jerusalem! The Lord has removed the judgment against you; he has turned away your enemies; the King of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst, you have no further misfortune to fear.”     

(Zephaniah 3: 14-15)

How should we live this Wordbaby

The prophet Zephaniah concludes his prophecies by foretelling of a future under the sign of joy.  Precisely for this reason, the city of Jerusalem, which is the heart of the chosen people, is called to celebrate this event: when God will manifest Himself in her, having revoked the condemnation that the sins of the people had merited.

What the text says immediately after has special power to console: in those days, “you have no further misfortune to fear.  The Lord is in your midst.”  It is beautiful to immerse ourselves totally in these words of pure gold, of this Divine Promise as we approach Christmas.  There is always the temptation to question: The world is going to pieces.  Where is this God who frees and saves?  Especially in these days, when we prepare to live, celebrating the Mystery of Christmas, we meet this truth:  the God, who broke the powers of evil, came into the world, not in a solemn and grandiose way, but by taking on the weakness of a newborn child after having been enclosed for nine months in His mother’s womb.  This event so great, although in an exterior way very humble, persuades us of one fact:  God is truly Emmanuel-God with us.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I shall be reassured by God’s silent but certain presence in every moment of my life.  Nothing can really harm me because He is with me.

Lord, grant that I may breathe this truth and rejoice in this Mystery of Love that is always new and that vivifies my life. 

The Voice of G. K. Chesterton, Famous Author 

Joy is the gigantic secret of the Christian.

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