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First Week of Advent
Thursday, December 1, 2016
"The earth shall be filled with knowledge of the LORD", Isaiah prophesies (Is 11:9). That shoot from the stump of Jesse, endowed with the gifts of kingship, wisdom, understanding, counsel, and strength, among others (Is 11:1-2), is Jesus! John the Baptist proclaims, "The one who is coming after me is mightier than I" (Mt 3:11). And the psalmist cries out, "He shall govern your people with justice and your afflicted ones with judgment" (Ps 72:2).
Jesus, the king, the mighty one is the head and we, the church, are the body. When we are baptized into the death of Jesus we have an opportunity to share in his kingship, to be endowed with those same gifts of the spirit. To do our part for the kingdom of heaven, we must repent and strive to live an experiential faith, to increase our knowledge of Christ. We must relate to one another with that same mercy and justice which Christ pours out on us! Then "with one accord we may with one voice glorify the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom 15:6) and proclaim with John the Baptist, "The kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Mt 3:2)!
"Justice shall flower in his days, and profound peace, till the moon be no more." (Psalm 72:6-7)
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ReflectionThe Priesthood and Teaching
First ReadingIsaiah 11:1-10
Second ReadingRomans 15:4-9
ReflectionThe Power of the Word
First ReadingIsaiah 5:1-6a; 10
PsalmPsalm 146:6-7, 8-9, 9-10
Second ReadingJames 5:7-10
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