Greetings of peace this Advent season!
Below you will find a short reflection for today, Christmas Eve. We encourage you to share this reflection by forwarding this email to others who you think might appreciate it.
By Jamie T. Phelps, OP, Ph.D
2 Samuel 7:1-5, 8b-12, 14a, 16 | Luke 1:67-79
On this eve of Christmas, the seventh chapter of Second Samuel and the first chapter of Luke remind us of God's gratuitous love. During the whole history of Israel, God's love was so unlimited that no matter how many times the Israelites broke their covenant with God, God continued to rescue them from their own self-destruction and the threat of their enemies. In Second Samuel, King David has ascended the throne and is enjoying a time of peace. Grateful to God, he proposes building a temple to honor God. Once again God's altruism is revealed: God instead will continue to protect and "will establish a house" for David (2 Samuel 7:11). This house will be a long line of leaders of the house of David, ending finally with the birth of Jesus, the King of Kings whose reign will never end....
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