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Friday, 20 December 2013

Friday of the Third Week of Advent

Friday of the Third Week of Advent - 20th December

First Reading
Isaiah 7:10-14

The Lord spoke to Ahaz again and said:
Ask the Lord your God for a sign, either in the depths of Sheol or in the heights above.
But Ahaz said, 'I will not ask. I will not put the Lord to the test.'
He then said: Listen now, House of David: are you not satisfied with trying human patience that you should try my God's patience too?
The Lord will give you a sign in any case: It is this: the young woman is with child and will give birth to a son whom she will call Immanuel.

Here I want to pick up on the idea of signs. Often when we discern our vocation we seek a concrete sign, something definitive to tell us what our vocation is. We look for something absolute. Discernment is by its very nature a process, and we cannot be truly sure of our vocation until we make a final step - whether that be vows in marriage or in religious life.

I talk about trust so much but only because it is so important. However much we seek signs and assuredness, we can only be sure of one thing - that God will lead us to His will if we abandon ourselves to Him.

Advent Advantage: Pray for increased trust in God, and focus today on abandoning your will to His.

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