Isaiah 54:5 (Bride of Christ)

16 Dec Isaiah 54:5 (Bride of Christ)

Welcome God now with this LIFE Group Devotion (website, Facebook).
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“For He who has become your husband is your Maker; His name is the Lord of hosts; your redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, called God of all the earth.” Isaiah 54:5 (full readings)
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Fr. Jonathan’s Reflections: Today’s first reading from the Prophet Isaiah was addressed to the people of Israel returning from exile. Although the people had suffered greatly at the hands of others and through their own separation from covenant, the prophet speaks of a God who wishes to be espoused to them! Did you ever think about the fact that God wants to be in spousal relationship with you? This may seem a little harder to believe for those of us who don’t have the experience of human marriage. And yet, the Scriptures constantly call us to a deep, intimate, spousal relationship with the Living God. God’s people together as Church are the Bride of Christ and each of us are members of that Body.
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Faith Challenge: In our prayer, can we ask for the faith to accept the tender and intimate love our God has for us? Advent is a time to accept the pure and holy advances of our God who is espoused to us as Church and as individual souls created In His Image and likeness.
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Counter-Culture News: LSN, Vatican, AFA, Priests for Life, Live Action
Faith Quote: “…And they are children of the heavenly Father whose works they do, and they are spouses, brothers and mothers of our Lord Jesus Christ. We are spouses when the faithful soul is joined by the Holy Spirit to our Lord Jesus Christ.” ~ St. Francis of Assisi (First Letter to the Faithful)
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Through Christ Our Lord,
Fr. Jonathan St. Andre, TOR
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* Pray/Fast: Prayer connects us with God’s will & His miracles, changing us & helping others. Fast from things that take your eyes off Jesus. Those who pray together stay together, and close to God!
* Save Unborn (& family): Abortion reality (images)…#1 death cause (23% pregnancies). Prov 24:11 & Jer 1:5. “A great poverty that a child must die that you might live as you wish.” Mother Teresa
* Evangelize: Make room for unbelievers & re-evangelization of self, by way of prayer (relationship) and following Christ’s example of love (service/sacrifice/mercy). Matt 28:19.

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