The second reading at Mass tomorrow highlights the most prominent – if often neglected – theme of the first part of Advent – the second coming of the Lord, the Day of days.
There is one thing, my friends, that you must never forget: that with the Lord, ‘a day’ can mean a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord is not being slow to carry out his promises, as anybody else might be called slow; but he is being patient with you all, wanting nobody to be lost and everybody to be brought to change his ways. The Day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then with a roar the sky will vanish, the elements will catch fire and fall apart, the earth and all that it contains will be burnt up.
Since everything is coming to an end like this, you should be living holy and saintly lives while you wait and long for the Day of God to come, when the sky will dissolve in flames and the elements melt in the heat. What we are waiting for is what he promised: the new heavens and new earth, the place where righteousness will be at home. So then, my friends, while you are waiting, do your best to live lives without spot or stain so that he will find you at peace.
2 Peter 3:8-14
The advent of such a day might promote a certain anxiety. And if such concerns help us take stock, and purpose conversion, turning again to the Lord, then all to the good. For when we turn to him we find his desire is not for narrow and constricting obedience but wholesome and loving freedom, enabled by love of God and neighbour.
When you come to the end of this present day spend a moment reviewing it.
- Where/when/how did you live love for God?
- Where/when/how did you live love for neighbour?
Give glory to God for any triumphs of grace, and quietly entrust yourself to the compassion and mercy of the patient God for any shortcomings.
Image created by Allen Morris (c) 2014.