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Thursday, December 15, 2016

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Isaiah 54:1-10
Psalm 30:2, 4-6, 11-13
Luke 7:24-30

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looking for love

"What did you go out to see?" —Luke 7:24

Jesus asks the crowds and us: "What, really, did you go out to see — someone dressed luxuriously? Remember, those who dress in luxury and eat in splendor are to be found in" shopping malls, sleighs, and endless TV Christmas specials (see Lk 7:24-25). The crowds flock to see Santa, searching for glad tidings, good cheer, and perhaps, somehow, a measure of love.

Today, the Church proclaims to the searching crowds that good news and love are available in Jesus. He loves you "with enduring love" (Is 54:8). He has "sworn not to be angry with you, or to rebuke you" (Is 54:9). He assures you: "Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken, My love shall never leave you nor My covenant of peace be shaken, says the Lord, Who has mercy on you" (Is 54:10).

Be like the wise men (Mt 2:11). They went out to see the Christ Child, and they found Love beyond all telling. Seek the Lord and He will be found (Jer 29:13-14). Look for Love, and He will find you.

Prayer:  Father, may I look to You for love, not to the world.

Promise:  "I assure you, there is no man born of woman greater than John. Yet the least born into the kingdom of God is greater than he." —Lk 7:28

Praise:  Counting a friendship as worth more than money, Thomas forgave the loan his friend had promised to repay.

Reference:  (This teaching was submitted by a member of our editorial team.)

Rescript:  †Most Reverend Joseph R. Binzer, Auxiliary Bishop, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, August 10, 2016

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