Advent 2016

First Thursday in Advent - December 1st

Is 26: 1-6 // Ps 118: 1, 8-9, 19-21, 25-27 // Mt 7: 21, 24-27

The scripture readings today emphasize the gift of faith and the openness to trust.  The actions and words of Jesus are consistent and powerful – yet they also frighten us because we are called to a discipleship of humility, grounded in trust.  Jesus finished this discourse at the end of the Sermon on the Mount and left the crowds spellbound at his teaching.

The power of Jesus was not merely in his words, but also in his actions which were consistent with his Sermon on the Mount:  “treat others the way you would have them treat you… be on your guard against false prophets… anyone who hears my words and puts them into practice is like the wise man who built his house on a rock.”

Each liturgical year we set aside time like Advent and Lent for more reflection and prayer.  Maybe this Advent we can work on opening our minds and hearts to the Gospel each day and ask:  What kind of discipleship am I being called to?  Do I live as though I believed in Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount?  Do I really believe that my acts in behalf of others and the common good will bring to fulfillment a creation that reflects an abiding love for us all?

Barbara Wall
Office for Mission and Ministry