It is the second week of Advent. Two candles flicker in the darkness as we contemplate the astonishing love of God, who fulfilled His promise of a Savior by taking up residence in the Virgin’s womb and traveling with her to a little town in the hill country of Judea to be born in a stable and laid in a manger. Hope sustained by centuries of prophecy is vindicated that night. Then, and now, He has called us to prepare for His coming. God loves us, He gave everything for us, and he has not forgotten us.
The Lord appeared to us in the past, saying: “I have loved you with an everlasting love;
I have drawn you with unfailing kindness.”
But 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.
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.”
Jeremiah 31:3; 2 Peter 3:8-9; Mark 1:2-3