Dec 11, 2011

Advent 2011, Day 15 - Gaudete Sunday

Rejoice in the Lord, always: 
again, I say, rejoice. 

Indeed, the Lord is near.

Happy Gaudete Sunday!

We are now on the third Sunday of Advent.  Our wait will soon be over and the Lord coming to us is near. Even our Jesse tree is almost complete!  

Reading 1(Isaiah 61:1-2A, 10-11)
The spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
because the LORD has anointed me;
he has sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor,
to heal the brokenhearted,
to proclaim liberty to the captives
and release to the prisoners,
to announce a year of favor from the LORD
and a day of vindication by our God.

I rejoice heartily in the LORD,
in my God is the joy of my soul;
for he has clothed me with a robe of salvation
and wrapped me in a mantle of justice,
like a bridegroom adorned with a diadem,
like a bride bedecked with her jewels.
As the earth brings forth its plants,
and a garden makes its growth spring up,
so will the Lord GOD make justice and praise
spring up before all the nations.

Reading 2 (1 Thes 5:16-24)
Brothers and sisters:
Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.
In all circumstances give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not quench the Spirit.
Do not despise prophetic utterances.
Test everything; retain what is good.
Refrain from every kind of evil.

May the God of peace make you perfectly holy
and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body,
be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful,
and he will also accomplish it.

The story from yesterday’s post (Advent 2011, Day 14) ended with Saul being anointed as the first king by Samuel upon instructions of God. 

Today, we continue the story of Samuel with Saul’s rise to power. After some success, Saul became disobedient and conceited.  As a result of Saul’s arrogance, God instructed Samuel to start looking for the new leader of Israel. David was not chosen according to Samuel’s preferences but he was the one anointed as king by grace of God.

David is a popular bible character because of the story about his battle with Goliath.  The story is close to the people’s heart because it does not only narrate the triumph of good against evil but it also narrates the triumph of “small” against “giant”.  People have encountered many Goliaths in their lives.  This story reminds us that however big a problem is, we should not be afraid to face it because we can always overcome it with the help of the Lord.  The story also teaches us to look beyond appearances.

"The Lord seeth not as man seeth;
for man looketh on the outward appearance,
but the Lord looketh on the heart" (I Sam. 16:7)



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