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dc.contributor.authorShirley, Nancyen_US
dc.identifier.otherLectionary number: 183en_US
dc.description.abstract|We are part way through the second week of Advent and Christmas Eve is two weeks away.  We will celebrate the birth of our Savior soon – are we ready?  I don't mean is all your Christmas shopping done or if the decorations are complete.  Are we READY?  Our readings challenge us to prepare ourselves not for festivities but for salvation. |In the first reading, Isaiah rebukes us – it is almost as if he can't believe that we are not aware. |Do you not know or have you not heard?|The LORD is the eternal God, creator of the ends of the earth.| We have nothing to worry about or be concerned.  We have (or should have) hope for the future, our eternal future. He reminds us that those who have hope in the Lord will renew their strength. It is such an important message for us.  Sometimes as we near the end of the year and all that implies coupled with the busyness of the Christmas season, we do, indeed, grow weary.  The hectic pace belies this season of peace – most of us would not, could not say that "all is calm."  Isaiah's message is one of strength and faith.  As the beautiful song, We will rise again from David Haas, states in the refrain, |  We will run and not grow weary|for our God will be our strength|and we will fly like an eagle.|We will rise again.| The words of the song kept echoing in my head as I first read this scripture and thought about it this week.  I always take comfort in this song feeling the relief and solace when I rely on God for my strength.| Our gospel follows the thoughts of our first reading.  It is in God and His Son that we will truly find rest.  I love the image of taking the yoke because you can't really use a yoke alone – it needs to be used in partnership. Jesus is offering to be our partner as we share His yoke.  If we do decide to bind ourselves to Him, we will find a different way of living – a way that is meek and humble of heart.  Within this new way, we will live the promises of Isaiah with strength and refuge and soar as with eagles' wings.| May you have a blessed Christmas!en_US
dc.publisherUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.rightsThese reflections may not be sold or used commercially without permission. Personal or parish use is permitted.en_US
dc.titleReflection for Wednesday, December 10, 2014: 2nd week in Advent..en_US
dc.rights.holderUniversity Ministry, Creighton University.en_US
dc.publisher.locationOmaha, Nebraska, United Statesen_US
dc.program.unitCollege of Nursingen_US
dc.contributor.cuauthorShirley, Nancyen_US 2en_US
dc.subject.local1Isaiah 40:25-31en_US
dc.subject.local2Psalms 103:1-2, 3-4, 8-10en_US
dc.subject.local4Matthew 11:28-30en_US
dc.title.seriesDaily Reflections (Meditations) on the Scriptures from the Roman Catholic Lectionary.en_US Ien_US

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