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<< Sunday, December 1, 1996 >> 1st Sunday of Advent
 
Isaiah 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7
Psalm 80

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1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:33-37

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HAPPY FATHER'S DAY

 
"Yet, O Lord, You are our Father." —Isaiah 64:7
 

The first words of the first reading on the first day of Advent and the Church's new year are: "You, Lord, are our Father" (Is 63:16). No matter how bad things are, how far we have wandered from God's ways, and how hard we have made our hearts (Is 63:17), we have hope because God is our Father.

We are very sinful, and God is rightly angry (Is 64:4). "All of us have become like unclean men, all our good deeds are like polluted rags; we have all withered like leaves, and our guilt carries us away like the wind. There is none who calls upon Your name, who rouses himself to cling to You; for You have hidden Your face from us and have delivered us up to our guilt. Yet, O Lord, You are our Father" (Is 64:5-7).

When Jesus taught us to pray, He told us our first words should be "Our Father" (Mt 6:9). When Jesus was suffering His agony in the garden of Gethsemani, "He kept saying, 'Abba (O Father)' " (Mk 14:36). The Holy Spirit continually cries out in our hearts, "Abba" (Gal 4:6; Rm 8:15). Jesus came to reveal the Father's love (Jn 15:9). No matter what has happened in our lives, we have hope, for God is our Father.

Happy New Year! Happy Father's Day!

 
Prayer: Abba...
Promise: "He will strengthen you to the end, so that you will be blameless on the day of our Lord Jesus [Christ]." —1 Cor 1:8
Praise: Alleluia! Jesus is risen and is coming soon! He is leading us to the Father. Alleluia!
 
(Christmas is approaching. Pray about giving as a Christmas present our leaflet, Your Christmas Present, The Psalms.)
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Edward J. Gratsch, June 20, 1996
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 26, 1996
 
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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