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Sunday, 8 December 2013

Second Sunday of Advent

Second Sunday of Advent - 8th December

Second Reading
Romans 15:4-9

And all these things which were written so long ago were written so that we, learning perseverance and the encouragement which the scriptures give, should have hope.
Now the God of perseverance and encouragement give you all the same purpose, following the example of Christ Jesus,
so that you may together give glory to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ with one heart.
Accept one another, then, for the sake of God's glory, as Christ accepted you.
I tell you that Christ's work was to serve the circumcised, fulfilling the truthfulness of God by carrying out the promises made to the fathers,
and his work was also for the gentiles, so that they should give glory to God for his faithful love; as scripture says: For this I shall praise you among the nations and sing praise to your name.

When one thinks of the word ‘vocation’, one tends to go down the route of “maybe I’m called to Religious Life or the Priesthood or Consecrated Virginity or Marriage etc” but we so often forget that we are ALL called to one, universal vocation - the call to holiness - to live in the presence of God, living the good Christian life. In this, we must remember that we have been told we will be tested more than gold is tested in a furnace - that there will be trials and suffering in order to prove us worthy to be in God’s presence. Remember that you should not waste your trials and sufferings but unite them to Christ’s suffering on the Cross.

Advent Advantage: Think about when you have been through trials and suffering, and remember that God is always with you through all times, the good and bad. Reflect on how you dealt with them, remember to offer all these up as a prayer, so that they may be a blessing on someone else.

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