As the first week is Hope, the second week is preparing the way for Christ. That knowledge—of what Christ has done, is doing, and will do—reveals His love for us.
The first reading for the second Sunday of Advent comes from Isaiah 11: 1 to 10 ~ “a rod out of the stem of Jesse” with “the spirit of the Lord … upon Him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord.” This stem of Jesse will rule the world with righteousness. He will judge with equity and smite the earth and slay the wicked. And love will reign. Hate and violence are gone: “The wolf shall also dwell with the lamb, and the leopard lie down with the kid, and the calf and the young lion and the fatling together; and a little child shall lead them.”
The greatest gift in the world? Giving up what is most dear. Sacrificing what we want for what others need.
Dearest thing in the world? Our own lives.
What would cause us to sacrifice ourselves for others? Great love.
So, ask again ~ Greatest gift in the world? Christ giving up His mortal life to grant redemption for us all.
Love divine, all loves excelling, / Joy of heaven, to earth come down, / Fix in us your humble dwelling; / All your faithful mercies crown.
Jesus, you are all compassion; / Pure, unbounded love you are; / Visit us with your thy salvation; / Enter every trembling heart.
Breathe, O breathe your loving Spirit / Into every troubled breast; / Let us all in you inherit; / Let us find the promised rest.
Take away the love of sinning; / Alpha and Omega be; End of faith, as its beginning, / Set our hearts at liberty.
Come, Almighty, to deliver; / Let us all your life receive; / Suddenly return, and never, / Nevermore your temples leave.
Thee we would be always blessing, / Serve you as your hosts above, / Pray, and praise thee without ceasing, / Glory in your perfect love.
Finish then your new creation; / Pure and spotless let us be; / Let us see your great salvation / Perfectly restored in thee:
Changed from glory into glory, / Till in heaven we take our place, / Till we cast our crowns before you, / Lost in wonder, love, and praise.