Second Sunday of Advent
December 6, 2015
“This is my prayer: that your love may increase ever more and more.”
Love is one of those words tossed around at this time of year, like comfort, joy, and peace. But that word love must be more than a holiday slogan. In his letter to the Philippians, Paul prays that their love may increase, reinforcing the Great Commandment of Jesus recorded in Matthew 22, to love God and to love your neighbor as yourself.
I am reminded of an older Dominican priest who served at a parish in Seattle near the university I attended. People said that all of his homilies were about love. Some rolled their eyes, as if to say, “Is that all he can talk about?” As I approach his age, I am coming to believe that he was paring away the excess and getting to the essential idea of Christianity. I would probably want to preach about love in every homily, too. The Great Commandment is my guiding star. Everything else flows from it.
God of Love,
guide us through this busy time of year.
Help us to keep love in our hearts, on our lips, and in our hands
as we serve our communities in the Advent and Christmas seasons.
University of Portland