Advent Meditations: Wednesday 5 December

Dec 5, 2018 by

Dec 5
am: 119:1-24

pm: 12, 13, 14

Isa 2:1-11 1 Thes 2: 13-20 Luke 20:19-26


FEAST DAY: Saint Trumwin of Whitby, Monk and Missionary Bishop, 686 consecrated 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 todays Epistle lesson, Paul offers thanksgiving for the ‘ reception of the Word of God . If we consider this passage there are numerous reasons to be thankful for Sacred  Scriptures. While it is true that God  doesn’t need our thanks, but Paul’s message serves as a valuable reminder that  we are created being’s dependent upon our Maker who has given us every gift that in this time of year reminds us that those gifts are his Son and his revelation.  Acknowledging God as the Source of all things perhaps is a worthwhile attitude to take on during Advent as a way of looking at the world from a different perspective. The challenge is that for many the reception of Sacred Scripture isn’t always easy, and it is never passive. It means actively opening our hearts minds and  lives, to see how God can move in our midst if we are but open to his word. Imagine if people of faith refused to take on this level of receptivity. Imagine if  Saint Trumwin had taken such a view, would Scotland’s religious landscape look different? Suppose Mary and Joseph rejected the Word of God brought by an angel ? Can you imagine how such a lack of receptivity could have set humanity back for ages? Imagine in our own life if we didn’t have the grace to take some of the Psalms to heart? Where would our consolation come from? What a gift we have been given through Holy Writ.


PRAYER: Blessed Lord, Lord, who caused all holy Scriptures to be written for our learning: Grant us so to hear them, read, mark, learn, and inwardly digest them, that we may embrace and ever hold fast the blessed hope of everlasting life, which you have given us in our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen..


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ANCIENT WISDOM/PRESENT GRACE: We have known the method of our salvation by no other means than those by whom the gospel came to us; which gospel they truly preached; but afterward, by the will of God, they delivered to us in the Scriptures, to be for the future the foundation and pillar of our faith,- St. Irenaeus of Lyon.


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