St Peter’s Advent Formula

Reflection for the Second Sunday of Advent 2017.

God has not forgotten about us. He never will. Knowing this, St Peter asks in today’s Epistle,

“Do you see how essential it is to live a holy life?”

St Peter gives us two qualities that should mark the life of every Christian.

Going to the next level in these two qualities could be our spiritual project for Advent.

First, St Peter says our lives should be marked by holiness.

The Greek work is anastrophe, and it refers directly to our behaviour, to how we act. Holiness doesn’t mean that we go around with our heads in the clouds; holiness means that we go around as Christ went around, treating other people with sincere respect, and looking for opportunities to do good to those around us.

Secondly, St Peter says our lives should be marked by devotion. The Greek word is eusebia, and it refers not to our actions, but to the fundamental attitude underlying our actions. This should consist of joyful reverence towards God, our Creator, Redeemer, and Guide in all things. Devotion is not just a matter of saying a lot of prayers; it’s a matter of living at all times in a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ; that’s what prayer is meant to foster. To make that possible is the reason Jesus came to the earth in the first place.

In today’s Mass, God will give us yet another reminder that he hasn’t forgotten us. When he does, and when he comes to nourish our souls in Holy Communion, let’s ask him to show us how, this week, we can grow in holiness in our interaction with others, and grow in devotion in our relationship with him.

Almighty and merciful God, may no earthly undertaking hinder those who set out in haste to meet your Son, but may our learning of heavenly wisdom gain us admittance to his company.

The reflection is based upon the Second Reading at Mass from Year B (1970 Form of Mass).

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