1st Sunday of Advent (C) : Sunday 28th November 2021

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Lord, help me to live a life of grace and holiness, centred on You

1st Sunday of Advent (C) : Sunday 28th November 2021

Jer. 33:14-16; Ps. 24:4-5,8-9,10,14;
1 Th. 3:12—4:2; Lk. 21:25-28,34-36 (Ps. Wk. I)

The Psalmist teaches us that God’s ways are faithfulness and love. Love frequently expresses itself in promises, and promises demand faithful fulfilment. Jeremiah speaks of God’s promises to the House of Israel and the House of Judah. Those promises, however, were only further expressions of the first and basic promise that God gave us: he would send us a saviour born of a woman (Genesis 3:13). As we begin our celebration of Advent, we look back to that first promise and realise that it contains the essence of the Gospel, which gives us light and life.

A promise cannot be coerced but must be freely given. All of God’s promises, particularly that first promise, were freely given: they were given through grace, and their fulfilment was also an act of grace. So “all is grace”, as St. Paul says (Rom. 4:16).

Using the words of St Paul to the Thessalonians, the Church today urges us to make more and more progress in the kind of life we are meant to live the life of our baptismal promises, — the life of grace.

May God so confirm our hearts in holiness that we may be blameless in his sight when the Lord Jesus Christ comes with all his saints.

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