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Saturday, December 20, 1997

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Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm 24
Luke 1:26-38

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merry christmas to jesus

"You have found favor with God." —Luke 1:30

Isaiah, the prophet, said that Ahaz was wearying God (Is 7:13). The writer of Genesis said that we grieved God by our sins and caused Him to regret ever having made us (Gn 6:5-6). These attributions of emotions to God the Father are anthropomorphisms. We project our feelings onto Him, although He, being a Spirit, doesn't have feelings as we do.

However, God became man. Now He has a body with all the feelings that go with it. God now literally is wearied and grieved. By our sins, we've been able to make God cry, scream, bleed, and die. We've been able to torture God and nauseate Him (see Rv 3:16). We've been able to make God feel all the pain of rejection.

This Christmas season, will you please God or reject Him? "To His own He came, yet His own did not accept Him" (Jn 1:11). Will you accept Him? This Christmas, make Jesus feel good. May He "rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in His love" (Zep 3:17). May He "sing joyfully because of you" (Zep 3:17). Repent! (see Lk 15:7, 10) Obey, praise, worship, love, and please Him. Make this a very merry Christmas for Jesus.

Prayer:  Jesus, may I bring a smile to Your face.

Promise:  "The Holy Spirit will come upon you and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; hence, the holy Offspring to be born will be called Son of God." —Lk 1:35

Praise:  "O come now, Key of David!"

Nihil Obstat:  Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, June 1, 1997

Imprimatur:  †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 9, 1997