A CLOSE BOND WITH US
In the first reading: We read; God, the Father of his people, said to them in exile: "I am the Lord, your God, who grasp your right hand; it is I who say to you, Fear Not, I will help you." Fear Not! I will help many times... And God says the very same thing to us today. We have no lasting city but we look for the city that is to come as Paul tells us (Heb. 13). All human grasping for happiness is ultimately a search for God and as St. Augustine said. "Our hearts will be restless until they rest in God… to truly be God's people."
In the Responsorial Psalm we are assured of this. The Lord is gracious and merciful; slow to anger, and of great kindness. "The Lord is good to all and compassionate toward all his works. God's kingdom is a kingdom for all ages a dominion that endures through all generations." Shaping our mind, creating a chorus of unity in a world of discord and with the guidance of God hands. A bond of unity with God!
God made a close bond with us, a redeemer who came to our assistance. God's ultimate response to human need is the culmination of our Advent watching: the gift of Jesus Christ, God's word made flesh. Through the incarnation, God stands beside us and works to reveal His love in us.
Points to Pray and Ponder: He did all this for us, why? God wants to lead us into His fullness, lead us home. Through all the dark times, lonely days of life we might face we need to pray for faith---a faith that will open our ears to hear the consoling words of a Father. I am the Lord, your God, who grasp your right hand; it is I who say to you, "Fear not, I will help you."