Dec 12, Friday

Friday, December 12 ✬ We wait for, and yet we hasten, the coming of Christ

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If your family is using an Advent wreath with candles, light two candles today using the following liturgy.

I will listen to what the Lord God is saying;
for he is speaking peace to his faithful people who turn their hearts to him;
[Light the candles]

The grass withers, the flower fades;
but the word of our Lord God will stand forever.
I will listen to what the Lord God is saying;
for he is speaking peace to his faithful people who turn their hearts to him.

2 Peter 3:11-14

. . . what sort of persons ought you to be in leading lives of holiness and godliness,
waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the
heavens will be set ablaze and dissolved, and the elements will melt with
fire? But, in accordance with his promise, we wait for new heavens and a new
earth, where righteousness is at home. Therefore, beloved, while you are waiting
for these things, strive to be found by him at peace, without spot or blemish; and
regard the patience of our Lord as salvation.

Peter identifies here a certain paradox in the life of faith which has important
ramifications for how we live. On the one hand, we are waiting for the coming day of
God in the return of the risen Christ and revelation of the new heavens and new earth
where righteousness is at home. On the other hand, we also bear an active
responsibility for “hastening” the coming of that day by the way we live our lives. In
other words, the future “day of God,” when God’s ways will permeate the earth, is not
a specific date carved in stone, fixed by divine decree. It is a time that may actually be
accelerated by the readiness of God’s people and all humankind.

How do we hasten this day when the ways of Christ will saturate the earth? By leading
lives of holiness and godliness, seeking to live in true peace with one another at all
times and in all places.

For Reflection

Do you live your life as if Christ’s return in glory were somehow linked to your actions?
If not, why not?

What efforts do you make to live peacefully with everyone, not ignoring injustice, but
seeking true reconciliation with others? What particular actions do you take that
produce peace and integrity in your relationships with others?

Where are you tempted not to live peacefully with others? In particular, what fears or
self-concerns tempt you not to do the work of peacefulness or reconciliation?

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