December 3, 2017

Reading 1 Is 63:16b-17, 19b; 64:2-7

You, LORD, are our Father,
our Redeemer You are named forever.
Why do You let us wander, O LORD, from Your ways,
and harden our hearts so that we fear You not?
Return for the sake of Your servants,
the tribes of Your heritage.
Oh, that You would rend the Heavens and come down,
with the mountains quaking before You,
while You wrought awesome deeds we could not hope for,
such as they had not heard of from of old.
No ear has ever heard, no eye ever seen, any God but You
doing such deeds for those who wait for Him.
Would that You might meet us doing right,
that we were mindful of You in our ways!
Behold, You are angry, and we are sinful;
all of us have become like unclean people,
all our good deeds are like polluted rags;
we have all withered like leaves,
and our guilt carries us away like the wind.
There is none who calls upon Your Name,
who rouses himself to cling to You;
for You have hidden Your face from us
and have delivered us up to our guilt.
Yet, O LORD, You are our Father;
we are the clay and You the Potter:
we are all the work of Your Hands.
   None of us want to be far from God.  We always want to be close to Him, whether we admit it or not.  This is when we are happiest.  We also must recognize what God does for us.  There is none like Him.  We are sinful yet God wants to meet us and be with us.  One thing that keeps us away from God is guilt from sin.  It makes us turn our backs and hide our faces when He is the One we need.  We need to believe in the victory of the cross and know He will deliver us from sin.  We are in the Palm of His Hands, and He will mold us to what we need to be.  We just need to allow ourselves to be shaped and molded.

Reading 2 1 Cor 1:3-9

Brothers and sisters:
Grace to you and peace from God our Father
and the Lord Jesus Christ.

I give thanks to my God always on your account
for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus,
that in Him you were enriched in every way,
with all discourse and all knowledge,
as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you,
so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift
as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ.
He will keep you firm to the end,
irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ.
God is faithful,
and by Him you were called to fellowship with His Son,
Jesus Christ our Lord. 

    Grace is God’s participation in our lives.  We draw strength and hope from grace.  God is always faithful.  Not sometimes but all the time.  He will keep us strong and safe until He comes again.  We must wait patiently, but He is with us.  While we wait, we have Jesus as a Companion on this journey.  Therefore, we must stay calm and enjoy every second of it.  We cannot forget that He is here, and we must live knowing that.  We have to live in a way where people know Jesus is right next to us, talking to us, thinking with us, and loving us each day as we make decisions and put one foot in front of the other.

Gospel Mk 13:33-37

Jesus said to His disciples:
“Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places His servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
Watch, therefore;
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May He not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: ‘Watch!'”
      We must live holy all the time.  We do not know when the Lord is coming back, but we have to be ready.  This is not really to scare us but to put things into perspective.  We have to be good at all times.  This shows that we love the Lord and appreciate His sacrifice for us to save us.
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