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Sunday, December 9, 2012

Second Sunday of Advent

Today we light another candle as we begin the second week of Advent. the smaller picture is an Advent icon.
It is good to spend these days in intense desire for the coming of the Lord. I feel that we are full of joy when we have this desire; God gives us the desire and the joy of expectation even though God is with us now. I think Jesus wants to share His risen joy with each of us in a very special way this Advent for the world needs joy!

John the Baptist attracted many followers. Someone told me that other day that she thought John and Jesus had played together when children - the Gospel only tells us that John leaped for joy when Elizabeth and Mary greeted each other; then no word of John until he appears preaching the same message that Jesus will preach: "Repent"!
Jesus must have been about thirty when He went to the river Jordan where John was baptizing. John's mission was to prepare the way for the Lord. In a sense, we are all to prepare a way for the Lord. First, let us prepare our own hearts and then pray for all to desire the coming of Jesus this year into our hearts in a special way.

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