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Thursday, 5 December 2013

Thursday of the First Week of Advent

Thursday of the First Week of Advent - 5th December

Gospel
Matthew 7:21, 24-27

It is not anyone who says to me, "Lord, Lord," who will enter the kingdom of Heaven, but the person who does the will of my Father in heaven.

Therefore, everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like a sensible man who built his house on rock.
Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and hurled themselves against that house, and it did not fall: it was founded on rock.
But everyone who listens to these words of mine and does not act on them will be like a stupid man who built his house on sand.
Rain came down, floods rose, gales blew and struck that house, and it fell; and what a fall it had!

When we talk about discernment of one’s vocation, God’s will is what we are centred on. We seek to know and understand His will for us and to act. That action is something that is so key to discernment, putting our trust in Him and taking action in order to do His will. However, God’s will is not just about the life state we are called to. It is something that we bring into our daily life. St. Thérèse once said “The goal of all our undertakings should be not so much a task perfectly completed as the accomplishment of the will of God.” We are asked to take His will into our hearts, not just so that we seek His will for our vocation but so that we seek His will for our entire life.

Advent Advantage: Pray for resignation to God’s will and seek His will. Meditate on the reading today and think about areas of your life where you might be holding off on taking action to do God’s will and take that action.

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