Second Sunday in Advent 


 Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth. Restore us, O God; let your face shine, that we may be saved! Turn again, O God of hosts! Look down from heaven, and see; But let your hand be on the man of your right hand, the son of man whom you have made strong for yourself!  Psalm 80:1,3,14,17

This psalm reflects both the anticipation of Christ’s incarnation and the coming again of Christ on the  Last Day when he comes in glory to judge the living and the dead.  Both in some ways are fearful and wonderful things.  Consider the message of the angel to the shepherds on that night; Fear Not! (Luke 2:10)  Here the incarnation is a cause of rejoicing and wonder as the second person of the Trinity takes on flesh.

  But there will come another time when the incarnate Word arrives this time with all his glory and ” He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning nor crying nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away” which is both a fearful and wonderful thing.  

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