Scripture Reading: Romans 5: 20-21
Our reference for today says: “Law was introduced in order to increase wrongdoing, but where sin increased, God’s grace increased much more. So then, just as sin ruled by means of death, so also God’s grace rules by means of righteousness, leading us to eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” (Romans. 5: 20-21). Christians have this unmerited privilege which is God’s grace. Through the grace of God, we now live above sins and our lives are lived in righteousness.
O Child of God, there is hope. You can do away with that sin. You can truly be holy as the heavenly Father is holy. Holiness is possible, because of the surpassing greatness of God expressed in the grace of God that Christ Jesus merited on our behalf. Beloved, you need not lament about a habitual sin that has dominated your life. All that can remedy that situation is giving your life to Jesus wholeheartedly this day. St. Ambrose says, “When you have travelled all ways, we shall come to the end of all ways, who says, “I am the way.” What makes the difference between an ardent sinner and a Christian is chiefly the grace of God that has been poured into the life of the Christian. Living above sins is seen in the first letter of St. Peter. He says, “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness.” (1Pt. 2:24). O child of God, don’t you get that, that you are dead to sin.
The greatness of God has made this possible. Sanctity of life is achievable. Dearly beloved in Christ, the authority of Jesus has been given to you through your baptism into His Death and Resurrection. You are a different being entirely, wielded with power that the whole gates of hell cannot subdue. Jesus says to you this day: “You see, I have given you the authority to trample on snakes and scorpion and to overcome all the power of the enemy, so that nothing will harm you.” (Lk.10:19). That’s the grace of God. St. Augustine has this for you, “This is the business of our life: by effort and toil by prayer and supplication, to advance in the grace of God, till we come to that height of perfection in which with clean hearts we may behold God.”
MASS: RED Is 40: 25-31; Ps 103: 1-2. 3-4. 8 and 10(R.1a); Mt 11: 28-30 ST. LUCY-M, 2ND SUNDAY OF THE ADVENT
1. Take the song, Give me the grace to follow, abundant grace to follow…
2. Appreciate the Lord for His surpassing greatness that you have enjoyed through His Son.
3. Ask the Lord for forgiveness for the many times you have not utilized the graces He blessed you with.
4. Tell the Lord to replenish in you the graces that you lost due to your wallowing in sins and strength to be part of the 21-day fasting starting on the 2nd of January 2018.
5. Take the Prayer for Spiritual Renewal.
Exercise: Take the Prayer of Self Surrender to God.
Meditation: Ps. 62: 8