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A quick note to the reader: These readings can be found from the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. They use the New American Bible, Revised Edition. The version I used in high school and prefer is the New Revised Version, Anglacised Catholic Edition. The quotes may vary slightly from those found on the USCCB website.
So, we have made it through the first week. Hopefully the reflection that I gave you and the link to Ignatian Spirituality was helpful. I want to start this post with some selections from yesterday’s readings.
In the wilderness prepare the way of the Lord,
make straight in the desert a highway for our God. (Isaiah 40:3)
See, the Lord God comes with might,
and his arm rules for him;
his reward is with him,
and his recompense before him.
He will feed his flock like a shepherd;
he will gather the lambs in his arms,
and carry them in his bosom,
and gently lead the mother sheep. (Isaiah 40:10-11)
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then the heavens will pass away with a loud noise, and the elements will be dissolved with fire, and the earth and everything that is done on it will be disclosed. (2 Peter 3:10)
[S]trive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish. (2 Peter 3:14)
‘The one who is more powerful than I is coming after me; I am not worthy to stoop down and untie the thong of his sandals. I have baptized you with water; but he will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.’ (Mark 1:7-8)
As we can see in the Scriptures, Advent is still a time of perpetration and we are called to continue working on ourselves so that we can be ready for the second coming of Christ. As I mentioned before this sort of preparation is difficult. It certainly isn’t meant to be easy.
It is very hard to model ourselves based off of Jesus, who was perfect in every way. But, in order to complete our goal, to be granted salvation we must try. As we continue through Advent, this time of preparation, remind yourself of the questions you ought to be asking yourself at the end of every day:
Did I do as Jesus asked me? Am I modeling myself on Christ? At what points today have a fallen? Am I ready to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven?