Monday, first week of Advent
Hear the Word of the Lord, O nations;
declare it to the distant lands:
Behold, our Savior will come;
you need no longer fear
Keep us alert, we pray, O Lord our God,
as we await the advent of Christ Your Son,
so that, when He comes and knocks,
He may find us watchful in prayer
and exultant in His praise.
Who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
Isaiah 4:2-6 (There will be splendor for those who survive God’s purification)
Psalm 122:1-9 “I rejoiced when I heard them say: let us go to the house of the Lord”
+Matthew 8:5-11 (“I am not worthy to have You under my roof”)
Tormented by our state of sin
besmeared with blood and dung,
our only hope a kindly soul
who goes for help
with nothing but his faith.
The Word is spoken,
blast of power,
burning off impurities
and lifting us clean up onto our feet
in perfect health,
the marriage feast
reclining with the great.
This is the power of
joined with faith.
How is my soul paralyzed by sin?
Am I willing to let God burn off my impurities even if it hurts?
Do I need to beg God for the faith to believe that He’s powerful enough to forgive me?