Advent is for strengthening others

The Lord Is My Chef Daily Recipe for the Soul by Fr. Nicanor F. Lalog II
Monday in the Second Week of Advent, 06 December 2022
Isaiah 35:1-10     ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'> + ><]]]]'>     Luke 5:17-26
Photo by author, 2019.
As we move forward
in this Season of Advent,
getting closer each day to the
Second Coming of Jesus Christ
who comes in every here and now too,
grant us, O God, the grace to lead
others closer to you.
Like those men who carried
the paralyzed man closer to Jesus
by going through the roof to lower him,
enlighten us Lord in finding ways to
reach out to those who have left our fold,
those who have been disillusioned with
the human elements of the Church,
and those who find it to difficult, even scary or
discomforting to move on in life;
we are weak and limited,
ourselves also disillusioned
at times.

Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak, say to those who hearts are frightened: Be strong, fear not! Here is your God; he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes save you. Then will the eyes of the blind be opened, the ears of the deaf be cleared; then will the lame leap like a stag, then the tongue of the dumb will sing.

Isaiah 35:3-6
Strengthen our hands first 
for we are the ones also feeble;
make firm our knees 
for we are also weak;
most of all, embolden our hearts 
for we are fearful too in doing
what is good,
in doing your will.
Thank you, dear God our Father,
despite our weaknesses and sins,
you still call us to do your work
in Christ Jesus.

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