First Sunday of Advent.

First Sunday of Advent.

Your Liberation is near at hand.

A new season and a new year begin this week. The run up to Christmas can feel a bit fraught with so much to do and so only much to spend. As ever, the Lord invites us to take some time out of the busyness and business of the season, so that we can see the big picture. Perhaps this week we might reflect on what we need liberated from. One of his own suggestions is ‘the cares of life.’ Once we recognise what our problems are we can begin to tackle them. This season, this year, let’s make time for the Lord to allow him to work more fully in us. This year we’ll start with the Gospel and work back towards the first reading for a change.

As you begin these reflections each day spend a few moments repeating the phrase “Speak Lord, your servant it listening.” Then read the short passage from Sunday’s readings until you have memorised it. Read the questions and give yourself time to deeply consider your response. Once you have reflected for a few minutes, speak to the Lord, as you would to a friend, about what you have reflected upon.

 

Sunday.

And then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. When these things begin to take place, stand erect, hold your heads high, because your liberation is near at hand.  (Luke 21:27-28)

  • What do you need liberated from?
  • What keeps you from holding your head high?
  • How do you experience the Lord coming to you?
  • What is the Lord saying to your heart about his coming to you?

 

Monday.

Watch yourselves, or your hearts will be coarsened with debauchery and drunkenness and the cares of life, and that day will be sprung on you suddenly, like a trap. For it will come down on every living man on the face of the earth. Stay awake, praying at all times. (Luke 21:34-36)

  • What has coarsened your heart?
  • What are the cares of your life?
  • How can your pray more often?
  • What is the Lord saying to your heart about your life?

 

Tuesday.

May the Lord be generous in increasing your love and make you love one another and the whole human race as much as we love you. And may he so confirm your hearts in holiness that you may be blameless in the sight of our God and Father when our Lord Jesus Christ comes with all his saints. (1 Thessalonians 3:12-13)

  • How much are you loved?
  • How much do you love?
  • How holy is you heart?
  • What is the Lord saying to your heart about his love for you?

 

Wednesday.

Finally, brothers, we urge you and appeal to you in the Lord Jesus to make more and more progress in the kind of life that you are meant to live: the life that God wants, as you learnt from us, and as you are already living it. (1 Thessalonians 4:1-2)

  • What progress did you make last year?
  • What progress would you like to make this year?
  • What is the life that God wants you to live?
  • What is the Lord saying to your heart about progress?

 

Thursday.

The Lord is good and upright, He shows the path to those who stray, he guides the humble in the right path; he teaches his way to the poor. (Psalm 24:8-9)

  • How has the Lord guided you in the past?
  • What has the Lord taught you in your life?
  • Reflect on the Lord being ‘good and upright’.
  • What is the Lord saying to your heart about his goodness?

 

Friday

His ways are faithfulness and love for those who keep is covenant and will. The Lord’s friendship is for those who revere him; to them he reveals his covenant.  (Psalm 24:10, 14)

  • When have you known the Lord’s friendship?
  • What part of God’s will do you struggle with?
  • Reflect on the Lord’s faithfulness and love for you.
  • What is the Lord saying to your heart about his covenant with you?

 

Saturday

In those days and at that time, I will make a virtuous branch grow for David, who shall practise honesty and integrity in the land. In those days Judah will be saved and Israel shall dwell in confidence. (Jeremiah 33:15-16)

  • What part does honesty play in your life?
  • Would people describe you as a person of integrity?
  • What do you need to be saved from?
  • What is the Lord saying to your heart about dwelling in confidence?
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