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<< Tuesday, December 9, 1997 >> Blessed Juan Diego
Isaiah 40:1-11
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Psalm 96 Matthew 18:12-14
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"Comfort, give comfort to My people, says your God." —Isaiah 40:1

We modern citizens often think of comfort as a nice physical feeling. The word carries connotations of relaxation and pleasure. God's definition of comfort far exceeds our physical expectations. God brings a total package of comfort to our body, mind, soul, and spirit. He brings Himself as the Comforter (Is 51:12).

This Advent, the Lord is speaking a new word of comfort. He comforts our afflicted bodies by healing us. He comforts all who mourn (Is 61:2). Like the exiled Israelites, we may have suffered great afflictions for many long years. However, God's living word spoken in power (Is 40:10) gives us comfort (see Ps 119:50).

He comforts our minds by shepherding us personally (Is 40:11). God our Shepherd is always by our side giving us comfort through peace of mind. "Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me" (Ps 23:4, NIV).

God knows that we have sinned and even have paid the price in suffering for our sins (see Is 40:2). He comforts our souls by bringing restoration. He declares: "I saw their ways, but I will heal them and lead them; I will give full comfort to them" (Is 57:18).

God comforts our spirits by personally and tenderly feeding us His word. "As a mother comforts her son, so I will comfort you; in Jerusalem you shall find your comfort" (Is 66:13). "Oh, that you may suck fully of the milk of her comfort" (Is 66:11), the "pure milk of the Spirit to make you grow unto salvation" (1 Pt 2:2).

Prayer: Father, "when cares abound within me, Your comfort gladdens my soul" (Ps 94:19).
Promise: "It is no part of your heavenly Father's plan that a single one of these little ones shall ever come to grief." —Mt 18:14
Praise: Juan Diego's Mexican name, Cuatitloatzin, means "one who speaks like an eagle," that is, "one who speaks the truth." Speak and do the truth in love (Eph 4:15).
(This teaching was submitted by one of our editors.)
Nihil obstat: Reverend Ralph J. Lawrence, June 1, 1997
Imprimatur: †Most Reverend Carl K. Moeddel, Vicar General and Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati, June 9, 1997
The Nihil obstat and Imprimatur are a declaration that a book or pamphlet is considered to be free from doctrinal or moral error. It is not implied that those who have granted the Nihil obstat and Imprimatur agree with the contents, opinions, or statements expressed.
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