2nd Sunday of Advent

 

Weekly Reflection for Advent 

Comfort, give comfort to my people,
says your God.
Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her
that her service is at an end,
her guilt is expiated;
indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD
double for all her sins.

Isaiah 40:1-5

God is Waiting For Us 

To Return Divine Love 

The God who loves us is a God who becomes vulnerable, dependent in the manger and dependent on the cross, a God who basically is saying, “Are you there for me?” God, you could say, waiting for our answer. In a very mysterious way, God is dependent on us. God is saying, “I want to be vulnerable. I need your love. I have a desire for your affirmation of my love.”

God is a jealous God in the sense of wanting our love and wanting us to say “yes.” That’s why at the end of the Gospel of John, Jesus asks Peter three times, “Do you love me?”

God is waiting for us to respond. Life gives us endless opportunities for that response.  

Advent Reflections taken from the works of Henri J.M. Nouwen

 Suggestion:

To practice this week in seizing the opportunities where you can reach out to love your neighbour by helping them in their difficulties, by spending time with a elderly person, by listening attentively to someone who needs a listening ear etc.  In loving and serving your neighbour, you are loving and serving God also.