Speak Lord: Love, Joy, Holiness


The second reading at Sunday’s Mass, the third Sunday of Advent comes from St Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians. It develops the theme of joy associated with this Sunday’s Mass.

Be happy at all times; pray constantly; and for all things give thanks to God, because this is what God expects you to do in Christ Jesus.

Never try to suppress the Spirit or treat the gift of prophecy with contempt; think before you do anything – hold on to what is good and avoid every form of evil.

May the God of peace make you perfect and holy; and may you all be kept safe and blameless, spirit, soul and body, for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. God has called you and he will not fail you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Looking for New Year resolutions? There are plenty in this passage to choose from!

  • Why not find 10 minutes to work your way through and consider how living to each phrase might impact on your life and the life of those people whose lives touch yours.
  • Bring the fruit of your reflection to God in prayer.

Photograph is a detail of the Temple of Agape erected this summer in front of the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank. (c) 2014, Allen Morris.


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