Advent Meditations: Tuesday 3rd December

Dec 3, 2019 by

Tues
Dec 3
am: 5, 6

pm: 10, 11

Amos 3:1-11 2 Peter 1:12-21 Matt 21:12-22

TUESDAY OF THE FIRST WEEK OF ADVENT- St. Birinus of Wessex, Bishop & Missionary, 650     Birinus was consecrated a bishop by Archbishop Asterius in Genoa. In 634, he was sent by Pope Honorius I to convert the pagan people of Mercia. He landed at Portchester (Hampshire) and moved up through the Christian Celts of Hampshire to Silchester (Hampshire). Before he reached Mercia though, he encountered the pagan Saxons of the Thames Valley. Finding them greatly in need of Christian teaching, he decided to stay and  managed to persuade the King of the merits of Christianity. Cynegils allowed Birinus to preach throughout his Kingdom, but it took a while before he himself was totally converted with is family. The conversions laid the foundation for  the beginnings of the See of Wessex with cathedrals in Dorchester and Winchester. Birinus became its first Bishop and remained so until his death in 649. His shrine at Dorchester became a great place of pilgrimage, but controversy later arose when the Bishop moved his seat to Winchester and the body of Birinus with him. Winchester Cathedral still has his relics.

MEDITATION- Would you and I be willing to evaluate our lives by the standards set forth in 2 Peter 1:5-7. This is a timely reminder in Advent that we are to walk by faith in all stages of their life, rooted in faith, sustained in virtue, knowledge, self-control, godliness, brotherly affection, and love.  When one claims a personal relationship with Christ, they are to add to this faith in this way because such is the call of the genuine disciple.  Moreover, a community of genuine disciples would appreciate Peter telling his community that they had not been included in Judaism, but now they could, be part of God’s family. As disciples perhaps we could note some ecumenical pointers recognizing that in the world of secularism and Islam that Christians are called to unity of witness amidst the changing landscape which has the church witnessing in an environment where people’s backgrounds, behavior and faith may be very different from our own and that the strength of our witness will be as community

PRAYER:  Gracious God, save us from undue love of the world that we may wait with patient hope for the day of the Lord, and so abide with him, that when he shall appear, we may not be ashamed; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Activity/Spiritual Discipline – Like Birinus whose feast day we observe, seek out people in your life who are adverse to the Gospel and seek to engage them on ground that will allow them to hear the Gospel anew or perhaps for the very first time.

ANCIENT WORDS/PRESENT GRACE:  “God became man to turn creatures into sons: not simply to  the old kind but to produce a new kind of man.” ~ C.S.Lewis

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