Second Sunday in Advent

Jesus said it himself when he was questioned by the leaders of the Synagogue. They asked, “What’s the most important commandment?” It was a trick…at least that’s what they wanted to do… trap him in his own words. But Jesus knew what they were up to. And He answered:

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind; and, love your neighbor as yourself.—Luke 10: 27

The Message says it like this:

Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence. This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: Love others as well as you love yourself.

Love comes down to us at Christmas. God is love. And it makes perfect sense that this would be the most important thing. 

The second candle is a symbol of love, God’s love for us. 


(Light the first and second candle on your Advent wreath. These two should be lit each day until Christmas.)


The Light of the World came and that Light is love. He loves us. He commanded us to first love him… then love others.

Share with those around you how you might love God this week. What are some ways you could love others?

Pray: God, we praise you for your love. Show us how to love you with passion and prayer and intelligence. Help us to love others as much as we love ourselves… Amen.


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