The Fourth Sunday of Advent: Love

The Collect

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Candle of Love

Today, we light the last of the purple candles for love. Love is defined as a rugged covenantal commitment. It is seen and defined by the Trinitarian activity of reconciling rebels back to God’s love. Consequently, this love is relentless, determined, thorough and patient.

A persistent Love

It is the kind of love mentioned in Francis Thompson’s Hound of Heaven:

I fled Him, down the nights and down the days;I fled Him, down the arches of the years; I fled Him, down the labyrinthine ways   of my own mind;and in the mist of tears I hid from Him, and under running laughter.Up vistaed hopes I sped; And shot, precipitated, Adown Titanic glooms of chasmed fears, From those strong Feet that followed, followed after. But with unhurrying chase, And unperturbèd pace, Deliberate speed, majestic instancy,They beat--and a Voice beat More instant than the Feet Р"All things betray thee, who betrayest Me."

As we move through the last week of Advent, we must ask “Are we listening to the persistent call of love. Are we prepared for His Advent”