Advent Meditations: Thursday 12 December

Dec 12, 2019 by

Thur
Dec 12
am: 37:1-18
pm: 37:19-42
Amos 9:1-10 Rev 2:8-17 Matt 23:13-26

THURSDAY IN THE SECOND WEEK OF ADVENT: Feast of  Blessed Samuel Johnson,  Anglican Divine and Moralist ( transferred from the 13th) , 1784  – Johnson he was renowned for his religious beliefs and as a firm supporter of the practice and order of the Church of England. He had been converted to  Anglican Christianity as young man after reading William Law’s A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life . Amongst his other writings, his essays entitled the Rambler, which appeared twice weekly between 1750 and 1752, earned him the nickname ‘The Great Moralist’, then a term of affection and honor. He died on this day in 1784.

MEDITATION: As we meditate on the Gospel for today it is hard to miss Jesus’ critique of the doctors of the law and the Pharisees, calling them hypocrites. Jesus uses the expression “Alas for you…” which sounds ominous and foreboding as they take place in a context that seems condemnatory. For those of us who are clergy this stinging rebuke gets s little close to home. That being said we are not called to be perfect in the clerical state, but we are called to model a view and lifestyle that is more consistent than not with our lips and our lives. At the end of the day all of us who seek Christ renewed in us this holy season must consider the hypocrisy found in each of us individually, not to mention family, friends Church and Society in general. As we consider this passage, let us look into the mirror of the text to discover the errors in ourselves before we start correcting each other.

PRAYER: I Lord You alone know my real sins, and you love me more than I even know how to love myself. Enable me to discern a pathway to humility and surrender in my sinfulness. Have patience on me you and let your Holy Will fill  my heart keeping me  ever open to you and your great mercy . AMEN.

Activity-   Abstain for an hour from e-mail and phone  converse with a person you have sinned against. Tell him or her that though some  things that have slipped your mind, you regret the hurt inflicted and you seek reconciliation and grace.

ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE:  If we possessed every virtue, but lacked humility, those virtues would be without root and would not last. — St. Vincent de Paul

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