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Wednesday, December 24, 2008

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2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16
Psalm 89:2-5, 27, 29
Luke 1:67-79

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the time of fulfillment

"Zechariah his father, filled with the Holy Spirit, uttered this prophecy..." —Luke 1:67

On this Christmas Eve, we stand at the threshold of the fulfillment of amazing prophecies. We may have been waiting for months or years for this, and this Christmas season will be the awaited time. Most of these prophetic promises of God may seem no closer to being fulfilled now than they have been for years. Some of these revelations you can hardly remember. It's been so long since you first heard them. Nonetheless, now you are on the threshold, although you know this only by faith, not by sight (2 Cor 5:7).

Today, in these last few hours before the Christmas season begins, pray, fast, repent, read the Bible, and be quiet. Choose the better part (Lk 10:42). Don't be so busy about the details of hospitality (Lk 10:40). Sit at Jesus' feet and listen to His words (Lk 10:39). Prepare the way of the Lord (Is 40:3). He "will surely come." His prophetic revelation "will not be late" (see Hab 2:3).

"We possess the prophetic message as something altogether reliable. Keep your attention closely fixed on it, as you would on a lamp shining in a dark place until the first streaks of dawn appear and the morning star rises in your hearts" (2 Pt 1:19).

Prayer:  Father, rekindle my faith that You will keep the promises which have been unfulfilled for years.

Promise:  "Your house and your kingdom shall endure forever." —2 Sm 7:16

Praise:  After seeking forty years for God, John found his lost faith during Advent, died shortly thereafter, and was home in heaven by Christmas.

Rescript:  †Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 17, 2008

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