Monday December 18
Third Week of Advent
My hope is in you Lord
  • Jeremiah 23:5-8
  • Psalm 72:1-2,12-13,18-19
  • Matthew 1:18-25

God’s compassionate eyes are turned towards the oppressed, the helpless and the weak. God desires leaders to rule people justly but throughout history sinful ambitions and evil motives have often caused the rich and powerful to neglect the basic needs of the people. Jeremiah who had been God’s spokesman for 40 years urged the rulers to listen to God but they silenced the prophet who disturbed their conscience. Through the Responsorial Psalm we see God’s feelings for his people. We are precious to him and close to his heart. This truth releases us from fears and anxieties and covers us with peace. God promises to help and deliver us. Instead of depending on human help let us fix our gaze on the Lord. Then, an ocean of mercy and grace will cover us. The Gospel proclamation gives us joy because God says that he is coming to live among us and be in our hearts forever. He will deliver us not only from the challenges we face but also from our sinful nature and the inner wounds of our past.

Prayer: Abba Father, I worship you with all my heart. Amen.

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