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Third Week in Advent

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TURN TO ME AND BE SAVED

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Is. 45:6-8, 18, 21-26 & Lk.7:19-23

“I am the Lord unrivalled,
There is no other god beside Me,
A God of integrity and a saviour;
There is no other apart from Me.
Turn to Me and be saved.”
No other but a loving God is making this appeal to us today. He is yearning for our love.

How could be not respond to such an appeal of love! The best and only thing we can do is to turn to God, acknowledge our Creator, praise Him and we will be saved. Every knee should bend to the glory of God who alone created all.

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THE HARDEST PRAYER TO PRAY

Is. 7:10-14 & Lk. 1:26-38

Through Isaiah we have that wonderful prophecy of Mary and the coming of our Messiah, “The Maiden is with child and will soon give birth to a son whom she will call Emmanuel, a name which means ‘God-is-with-us.”

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SILENCE IS GOLDEN

Judges 13:2-7,24-25 & Lk. 1:5-25

The birth of Samson, like John the Baptist’s, was announced by an angel.

Zechariah and Elizabeth knew the sorrow of being childless. In the society in which they lived, children were regarded as a blessing and a sign of God’s favour. Failure to produce children was seen as a curse. This belief was wrong. Why should God curse such devout people as Zechariah and Elizabeth? Zechariah was a priest who served in the temple and both he and his wife lived holy lives.

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JOSEPH'S LOVE AND COMPASSION FOR MARY

Jer, 23:5-8 & Mt. 1:18-25

Jeremiah is prophesying that we will have a king, a righteous shoot of David, who will reign and govern us wisely. Jesus Christ is the Messiah-King who not only guides us in our lives, but also gives us the means of achieving real unity.

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A NEW INTEREST IN GENEALOGY

Gen. 49:2, 8-10 & Mt. 1:1-17

Many people are interested in tracing their roots and learning something of their ancestry. Most of us would like to know where we came from and what factors conspired to make us who we are.

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RENEWING OUR COMMITMENT

Zeph. 3:1-29-13 & Mt. 21:28-32

In the first reading we see that the rebellious and defiled will not listen to the call of God, but there will be salvation for those who are humble and repent. The prophecy of Zephaniah can be summed up in the words, ‘Messianic salvation is promised to all the poor in spirit’.

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GOD IN CONTROL

Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17 & Matt. 21:23-27

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JOHN THE BAPTIST PREPARES US FOR CHRISTMAS

Is: 61:1-2,10-11; I Thess: 5:16-24; Jn: 1:6-8,19-28

In the Old Testament, God our loving Father, carefully and gradually revealed news about the coming of our Redeemer. When the time was imminent, He sent John the Baptist who, when he appeared in the wilderness and told people to ‘make a straight way for the Lord,’ awakened echoes of the promised Redeemer throughout the land. It brought all kinds of people - Pharisees and Sadducees, outcast publicans and semi-heathen soldiers among them – who forgot their differences to come and listen to him.

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