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.
Second reading for 3rd Sunday of Advent
1 Thessalonians 5:16-24
The good life no longer just happens ‘naturally’. We live in an environment which in so may ways is not apt for it: there is pollution of selfishness, exploitation, acquisitiveness most everywhere in our society.
There are good qualities there too. God’s creation is marred not broken. But if we are to survive in it we need to make the right and good choices. And the HCF in them all is holiness.
It is to this that God calls us, for this God made us. We are fools if we think we can achieve it by ourselves and without God, but then we do not need to. In creation and in his transcendent grace God is ready to help us every step of the way.
- How might you resist the call to holiness today?
- What might help you live a ‘yes’ to the call?
Photograph of window at St Peter the Apostle, Leamington Spa. (c) 2016, Allen Morris