Advent Meditations: Monday 2 December

Dec 2, 2019 by

Mon
Dec 2
am: 1, 2, 3

pm: 4, 7

Amos 2:6-16 2 Peter 1:1-11 Matt 21:1-11

 

MONDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT- Saint Trumwin of Whitby, Monk & Missionary Bishop, 686consecrated by St. Theodore, Archbishop of Canterbury, as a missionary bishop among the Picts, and was the first Bishop of Whithorn, in Galloway. When the Picts reasserted their independence, he retired with a few of his followers to the monastery of Whitby, where he was a leading member of the Synod there.

 

MEDITATION – In Amos’ day (8th century BC) the court of the northern kings of Israel employed prophets whose job was to tell the King what he wanted to   know, but Amos was determined to speak only the truth of God’s Word, knowing that it could lead to immense conflict. So when one reads the word of Amos today one should remember that the prophet speaking of their errors and sin (Amos 2:6-8) was not the normal course. He also recalls for the Hebrews what God has done for them by raising them up as a special people despite the pending judgment which loomed. In many respects, we can see our stories here in this OT account. We do not wish to hear of how we have deviated from God’s grace to a way of sin. We especially don’t care for people to remind us of such things, but that does not mitigate our accountability. If we want to be embraced by the generous grace of God we must also be embraced by the grace of his judgment by being accountable. Perhaps Amos offers us a good reminder that to accept and take responsibility for ourselves and our relationships with God and others is the only real way for spiritual growth.

 

PRAYER: Gracious God, we pray you this day increase our desire of will to seek Christ first in this Holy Season being ever open to the manifest destiny he has for each of us to be made new and in turn be instruments of grace to make the things of this world a new. We ask this in the name of the One lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, One God, for ever and ever.

 

ACTIVITY Look at today’s newspaper and find stories of places in the world that need

the light of Christ. Make those people and places part of your prayer and ask three other people to share in those special intentions.

 

ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE: In  Advent spirituality we are also called on to meditate on the birthing of Christ in our hearts. In this matter we are dealing with the conversion of life, the movement away from the old life lived under the power of evil to the new life lived in the power of the Holy Spirit- Robert E. Webber

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