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Thursday, December 1, 2022

Stained glass from the narthex of St. John’s Rehab Hospital

Isaiah 26:1-6
Psalm 118:19-24
Matthew 7:21-27

The readings and the psalm have one thing in common, “the gate of the Lord.”  Believing in the salvation from the Lord seems paramount to our own salvation.  The Psalm 118 resonates the most with me.  It brings to mind the Sanctus prayer that extols the thanks and praise to God through Jesus, “the one who comes in the name of the Lord, Hosanna in the highest.”

Hosanna is from Hebrew which means save, rescue, Saviour.  In Christianity it is used as a cry of praise.  Reflecting on our theme, Awaken, and in the spirit of Advent, this Psalm evokes a remembrance of a covenant between God and all of humanity.  God along with his intercessors hears all our prayers.  Blessings and salvation are ours.  This extends into eternity and far exceeds what we experience here on Earth.  

Advent is a time to rejoice for our salvation was born in the body and soul of a child, who became the sacrifice to take away all sadness and despair.  Awake, sound the trumpets, let the angels proclaim “for unto you is born, in the city of David, a child who is Christ the Lord.”  May we awaken in our hearts with the remembrance that we are truly loved by our God.

Sharleen A. McCorrister