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<< Saturday, December 9, 2000 >> Bl. Juan Diego
 
Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26
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Psalm 147 Matthew 9:35—10:1, 6-8
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AFTER THE MESSIAH COMES

 
"The kingdom of God is near." —Matthew 10:7, our transl.
 

Isaiah prophesied that after the Messiah comes:

  • "No more will you weep" (Is 30:19).
  • "As soon as He (God) hears He will answer you" (Is 30:19).
  • "The Lord will give you the bread you need and the water for which you thirst" (Is 30:20).
  • "A voice shall sound in your ears: 'This is the way; walk in it' " (Is 30:21).
  • "He will give rain for the seed that you sow in the ground" (Is 30:23).
  • "The wheat that the soil produces will be rich and abundant" (Is 30:23).
  • "Upon every high mountain and lofty hill there will be streams of running water" (Is 30:25).
  • "The light of the moon will be like that of the sun and the light of the sun will be seven times greater" (Is 30:26).
  • The Lord will bind "up the wounds of His people" (Is 30:26).
  • He will give His Church the authority to "cure the sick, raise the dead, heal the leprous, expel demons (Mt 10:8).

The Messiah has come and is coming anew this Christmas season. This Christmas, Christ will do "more than we ask or imagine" (Eph 3:20). "Eye has not seen, ear has not heard, nor has it so much as dawned on man what God has prepared" this Christmas "for those who love Him" (1 Cor 2:9). Raise your expectations. Christmas is not merely recalling Christ's past coming but meeting Christ personally here and now. "O come, divine Messiah!"

 
Prayer: Father, give me the faith to let You do all that You want.
Promise: "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds." —Ps 147:3
Praise: Blessed Juan Diego's persistent obedience to Our Lady of Guadalupe led to the conversion of eight million people in the next decade.
 
 
 
Nihil obstat: Reverend Edward J. Gratsch, July 15, 2000
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, July 17, 2000
 
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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