May God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ send you grace and peace.
I never stop thanking God for all the graces you have received through Jesus Christ. I thank him that you have been enriched in so many ways, especially in your teachers and preachers; the witness to Christ has indeed been strong among you so that you will not be without any of the gifts of the Spirit while you are waiting for our Lord Jesus Christ to be revealed; and he will keep you steady and without blame until the last day, the day of our Lord Jesus Christ, because God by calling you has joined you to his Son, Jesus Christ; and God is faithful.
Second reading for the first Sunday of Advent
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
We have received grace upon grace and yet Paul prays, as we pray for more.
These spiritual gifts, grace, peace, are gifts that we can never do without, and are never called to do without. There are many, many things which seek to draw us from grace, and many, many that threaten to rob us of peace. Yet, these gifts come from God and if we are rooted in him they can never be taken from us.
Sometimes we may let them slip: we may place them in jeopardy, or letting them go find ourselves in trouble. And double the trouble by looking elsewhere than to God for the recovery of the gifts lost…
Advent offers us a time of quiet recollection as we face the darkest days of the year to recollect the coming of the light that is never-ending, and his gifts that are ours for evermore, if we will accept them, again, and again…
- Where is grace and peace absent in your life? Why?
- Pray for their restoration.
- Thank God for his steadfastness.
Cathedral, Marseille. (c) 2013, Allen Morris.