Sharing from Mass services of December 10, 2017.
Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins.
A voice cries out in the desert, “prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low; the rugged land shall be made a plain, the rough country a broad valley. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken.”
What is, is…Amen!! In the beginning, the LORD spoke and it was the galaxy, the planet’s and all physical. From the unseen was created the seen. Amen
“Go up on to a high mountain, Zion, herald of glad tidings; cry out at the top of your voice, ‘Jerusalem, herald of good news! Fear not to cry out and say to the cities of Judah: ‘Here is your God! Here comes with power the Lord GOD, who rules by His strong arm; here is His reward with Him, His recompense before Him. Like a shepherd He feeds us- His flock; In His arms He gathers the lamb that we are, carrying them in His bosom, and leading the young with care.’” Amen
“Lord, let us see your kindness and grant us your salvation.” Amen
“I will hear what God proclaims; for He proclaims peace to His people.
Near, indeed, is His salvation to those who fear Him. Glory dwelling in our land.”
R. LORD, let us see your kindness, and grant us your salvation.
Kindness and truth shall meet, as it is in and with You; justice and peace shall kiss.
Truth shall spring out of the Earth, and justice shall look down from Heaven.”
LORD, let us see your kindness and grant us your salvation.
The LORD Himself will give His benefits; our land shall yield its increase.
Justice shall walk before Him, and prepare the way of His steps.
We are taught that the steps of The LORD were heard in the garden of Eden when The LORD approached. In HIS image we are made. Amen
LORD, let us see Your kindness, and grant us Your salvation.
Do not ignore this one fact, beloved, that with the LORD one day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years like one day.
The LORD does not delay His promise, as some regard “delay,” but He is patient with you, not wishing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the LORD will come like a thief, and then the Heavens will pass away with a mighty roar, the elements will be dissolved by fire, and the Earth and everything done on it will be found out.
For with each believer resides a guardian angel to observe all we do, shall we not perform as directed?
Even if we have not an all seeing and knowing GOD, are we not cognizant of our actions? What we do and fail to do? In our spirit is the record of our acts, thoughts, desires. Are we prepared to give account. What we may ‘think’ that is not in The Lord’s will; can we not cast it aside as charge as we wean our Spirit to sprout in His will? The MORE we develop, the stronger we grow.
For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
Now these things happened to them as an example, but they were written down for our instruction, on whom the end of the ages has come.
1 Corinthians 10:11
When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with the humble is wisdom.
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
Since everything is to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be? Conducting yourselves in holiness and devotion, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved in flames and the elements melted by fire.
But according to His promise we await new Heavens and a new Earth, in which righteousness dwells. Amen
Therefore beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before Him, at peace, Amen .
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
Prepare the way of the LORD, make straight His paths: All flesh shall see the salvation of God.
Luke 3:4, 6
R. Alleluia, alleluia.
The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ the Son of God.
As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:
Behold, I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
He will prepare your way.
A voice of one crying out in the desert:
“Prepare the way of the LORD,
make straight His paths.”
John the Baptist appeared in the desert proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.
People of the whole Judean countryside and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem were going out to him and were being baptized by him in the Jordan River as they acknowledged their sins.
John was clothed in camel’s hair, with a leather belt around his waist.
He fed on locusts and wild honey. And this is what he proclaimed: “One mightier than I is coming after me.
I am not worthy to stoop and loosen the thongs of His sandals.
I have baptized you with water;
He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.”
We are blessed to be in Him, all is known, our acts, our faults, our difficulties, our triumphs. Turn to Him, our Father in Heaven who knows and sees all. Will we not cry to Him who knows? That we may be delivered and His glory shine in and around us. Amen