The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let them come; and whoever wishes, let them take the free gift of the water of life. Revelation 22:17 (NIV)
One thing we know for sure about our God: Our God is a God of the living, not of the dead. God is life. God is love. God is beauty. God is goodness. God is truth. God doesn’t want us to die. God wants us to live. Our God, who loves us from eternity to eternity, wants to give us life for eternity. How can you give your full ‘yes!’ to God’s love today?
Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father in heaven. Matthew 7:21
Did you ever wonder who Jesus was talking about? He is speaking to those who say or do something in the Lord’s name but their hearts tell the Lord something else. If we publically profess our faith in the creed but our hearts have never been truly given over to the Lord and that intimate relationship established, then our profession of Jesus as Lord is not a true submission to his lordship and our relationship and profession are out of alignment.
Thy will be done.
Thy kingdom come as if he didn’t come. But the kingdom of God has come, since you have obtained his grace. For he himself says: The Kingdom of God is within you.
Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. By the blood of Christ, all things were pacified both in heaven and on earth; heaven is hollowed; the devil is cast down. He turns there, where the man also is whom he deceived. Thy will be done, that is. let there be peace on earth as there is in heaven.” – St. Ambrose
The Word Among Us
The Lord is God, and he has given us light. Psalm 118:27
Light gives us insight. If we are irritable with someone and possibly hurt them, the light of God can show us the root of that irritation and also show us the pathway of love that may have been hidden but now changes the way you look at that person. What has the light of God shown you in the areas of those you may have hurt? Advent is a wonderful time to seek reconciliation.
Give Us This Day
The Paradox and the Promise
Advent reveals our search for Jesus. We all receive the Word, sometimes with deflecting hearts and hardened attitudes. Jesus invites us to be humble enough to accept the rock-like nature of love, forgiveness, and peace. This is the promise of Jesus, the paradox that forms our lives. We are to become humble believers in Advent. When we follow out of our need and longing, we are certain to find our way to the manger again, where hope for our lives becomes a sure thing.
Fr. Ronald Raab
[We need] a Christian identity that is both strong and kind. By strong I mean vigorous, vital, durable, motivating, faithful, attractive, and defining. . . . By kind I mean something far more robust than mere tolerance, political correctness, or coexistence: I mean benevolent, hospitable, accepting, interested, and loving, so that the stronger our Christian faith, the more goodwill we will feel and show toward those of other faiths, seeking to understand and appreciate their religion from their point of view. —Brian McLaren
How can we learn to draw from the deep aquifer, the common Source of Love for all religions, without denying the goodness of our own small spring? This is the marriage of unity and diversity.