Getting Ready for Sunday | 12/02/2018
We will gather together again on Sunday, December 2nd at 4pm for the Holy Eucharist. This Sunday is the 1st Sunday of Advent and Confirmation Sunday with Bishop Ackerman. There will be much more activity and effort this Sunday, which is to be celebrated and enjoyed. This contrasting quotation prepares our hearts for worship by reminding us the great work afoot among us is the silent, persistent, unmanageable work of God's grace.
"Humility and moderation at the heart of our prayer quiet the soul and protect us against the spiritual itch. 'It sometimes comes into my head,' says De Caussade, 'to wonder whether I have ever properly confessed my sins, whether God has ever forgiven me my sins, whether I am in a good or bad spiritual state. What progress have I made in prayer or the interior life? When this happens I say to myself at once, God has chosen to hide all this from me, so that I may just blindly abandon myself to His mercy. So I submit myself and adore His decision.' . . . . All real progress in spiritual things comes gently, imperceptibly, and is the work of God. Our crude efforts spoil it. Know yourself for the childish, limited and dependent soul you are. Remember that the only growth that matters happens without our knowledge and that trying to stretch ourselves is both dangerous and silly. Think of the Infinite Goodness, never of your own state. Realize that the very capacity to pray at all is the free gift of the divine love and be content with St. Francis de Sales' favourite prayer, in which all personal religion is summed up: 'Yes, Father! Yes! and always Yes!'"
(Click on the links below to read Sunday's passages)
OT Reading: Zechariah 14:1-9
NT Reading: 1 Thessalonians 3:6-13
Gospel Reading: Luke 21:25-33