Advent 3nd Sunday: Year C [17DEC12] Theme for week 3—Joy & Peace
Readings: Psalm 41, 52, 44 ◊ Isaiah 8:16—9:1 ◊ 2 Peter 1:1-11 ◊ Luke 22:39:53
Advent Week 3 [Mon. 2012]
“I am like a green olive tree in the house of God. I trust in the steadfast love of God forever and ever.
I will thank you forever, because of what you have done. In the presence of the faithful I will proclaim your name, for it is good.” (Psalm 52:8-9)
“By his divine power, God has given us everything we need for living a godly life. We have received all of this by coming to know him, the one who called us to himself by means of his marvelous glory and excellence. And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” (2 Peter 1:3-4)
“Pray that you will not give in to temptation.” (Luke 22:40)
There are many thoughts swirling through my head inspired by these Scripture readings. The words of Peter are especially inspiring. When I am tempted to forget who I have been recreated to be, this reminder from Peter sets my feet back on a solid foundation and path. God has given us/me everything needed to live a godly life…even to the glorious wonder of sharing his divine nature. Just incredible! This is a good word to remember when days are dark.
“The challenge of faith isn’t so much to trust God’s promises when we hear them as it is to continue trusting them when it does not appear to our best judgment that they are being fulfilled.” Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove; The Awakening of Hope.
Jesus’ words to his disciples, “Pray that you will not give in to temptation.” also serves as a reminder and a challenge for me as well. The constant discipline that keeps me closely knit to the guiding presence of God is prayer. An always constant awareness and running dialogue with the Godhead keeps us/me free from succumbing to temptations, whatever they may be. I am thankful for the disciplines God has guided me to that help me engage the divine partnership of transformation into his image. I am eternally grateful for the gift of God himself to me.
Advent invites us to inhabit a swirl of time that stretches forward and backward but by doing so anchors us in the present. It is by living in this collapsing, swirling time that God reminds us of what is important about our lives now… We are waiting for God’s kingdom, for the glimmers of light that mark Jesus’ presence in our midst, for the fragments of end-times peace breaking upon us. In our waiting we are called to pray for the coming of God’s kingdom, to announce Jesus’ presence in our midst, and to seek to bring about more and more moment of end-times peace in our world now. We are waiting, but such a task of waiting cannot by any stretch of the imagination be classified as passive. -Paula Gooder; The Meaning is in the Waiting
Beginning of the “O” Antiphons
Since the seventh century, this set of seven prayer texts has been sung or recited over the final days of Advent during daily service of vespers, or evening prayer. They are voiced in response to the Magnificat (Lk 1:46-55). Each antiphonal prayer addressed God with “O” and a biblical name and concludes with a call for him to come. The phrases of prayers derive from Scripture. For the following seven days, we will be using these prayer texts in conjunction with our normal Advent devotions and meditations.
O Sapientia (Is. 11:2-3; 28:29): “O Wisdom, you come forth from the mouth of the Most High. You fill the universe and hold all things together in a strong yet gentle manner. O come to teach us the way of truth.”
Lord Jesus, Splendor of the Father’s glory, O true Sun, descend, sparkling with uninterrupted brightness; O radiance of the Holy Spirit, pour in upon our senses.
Almighty, eternal God, every good gift comes from you. Increase our faith, fill our hearts with love for you, and guide us through this life until we inherit life eternal.
Do good to your servant according to your word, O LORD Teach me knowledge and good judgment, for I believe in your commands. Before I was afflicted I went astray, but now I obey your word. You are good, and what you do is good; teach me your decrees.
Let your mercy, O LORD, be upon me.
Lord, have mercy. Christ, have mercy. Lord, have mercy.