December 21 Sunday the Fourth Week
2SAMUEL 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16; ROMANS 16:25-27; LUKE 1:26-38.
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What are you waiting for?
God promised David: “I will raise up your offspring after you… He shall build a house for my name, and I will establish his kingdom forever.” That was Solomon, who previewed the real “Son of David,” Jesus.
He will be called the Son of the Most High.
The Lord God will give to him the throne of his ancestor David
and of his kingdom there will be no end.”
The Messiah has come. And is always coming. Like the sun dawning anew every day.
But he hasn’t come fully. Many still “dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.” So in Advent we focus on expectation.
The (weekday) Alleluia calls Jesus “O Radiant Dawn.” The Eternal Light appearing differently every day.
Advent is acknowledged darkness that we enter into to appreciate the dawn. We look at what is wrong to arouse hope based on faith. And excite love.
I wait for the LORD, and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord more than those who watch for the dawn.
Hope in the LORD! For with the LORD there is steadfast love.
So what are you waiting for? Look at the darkness. Look toward the light. And hope.
Pray (all day):
“Lord, strengthen me by the proclamation of Jesus Christ!
Shine the light of the Gospel on anything that is wrong.
See. Judge. Act.