Moreover the LORD spoke again to Ahaz, saying, “Ask a sign for yourself from the LORD your God; ask it either in the depth or in the height above.”
But Ahaz said, “I will not ask, nor will I test the LORD!”
Then he said, “Hear now, O house of David! Is it a small thing for you to weary men, but will you weary my God also? Therefore the Lord Himself will give you a sign: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Immanuel. Curds and honey He shall eat, that He may know to refuse the evil and choose the good.
Last Sunday, we lit the Candle of Expectation, which reminds that Christ was the One for whom the whole world had waited: the Messiah of Israel, the Redeemer of Mankind. As we longingly await His glorious return and the fulfillment of all God’s promises, we do so in hopeful expectation as His faithful people.
Today, we light the Candle of Preparation.
The Candle of Preparation reminds us that, as Israel was was being prepared for Her promised Messiah, even so the whole world was being prepared for the Redeemer of Mankind.
In the fulness of time, Christ our Savior was born. He entered a world that had been made ready, and He is preparing now a Church readily looking toward His return.
He calls us to watch and pray for His return, to be found faithful when He comes again. He beckons us to love our neighbor as ourselves, to live as His presence in the lives of others.
Let us celebrate, today, His first Advent as we ready ourselves for His second.
Tuesday 11 December 2012