Friday of the Third Week of Advent

Is. 56:1-3a, 6-8 | Ps. 67:2-3, 5, 7-8 | Jn. 5:33-36

Isaiah is full of promise for all those Israelites who keep the Covenant and live justly.  He also promises those who were the foreigners that they will be blessed in the same manner if they likewise kept the Covenant and followed a path of justice.  As a result, the salvation of God will be known by them.  God’s justice will be revealed to both the Israelites and the foreigner.  God does not have favorites.  God’s love is unfathomable towards all people.

Today’s Gospel is a continuation of Jesus’ dialogue with the Jews who are angry that He cured on the Sabbath.  Jesus offers no defense.  He reminds them that John was a bright light burning for all to come to God.  Jesus’ testimony is that He comes to do the Father’s will and that all He does is done on the Father’s behalf.

Take time to relish God’s love for you.  As you prepare for Christmas, remember that Christ came to bring all to God.  How do you help bring others to God?  How are you being invited to go out to new people?  Take one step to do so today.

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