Sunday, 13 December 2015

Third Sunday of Advent: Joy

10 Minute Daily Retreat - Read the Daily Gospel with a prayerful heart.
By Malcolm Davies (No.178)

 A reading from the Holy Gospel according to Luke 3:10-18
When all the people asked John, ‘What must we do?’ he answered, ‘If anyone has two tunics he must share with the man who has none, and the one with something to eat must do the same.’

There were tax collectors too who came for baptism, and these said to him, ‘Master, what must we do?’ He said to them, ‘Exact no more than your rate.’ 

Some soldiers asked him in their turn, ‘What about us? What must we do?’ He said to them, ‘No intimidation! No extortion! Be content with your pay!’

Joy to the World! The pink candle reminds us it is time to rejoice. 

Amongst the pressure of preparing practically for Christmas, 'what must we do', to prepare spiritually?

In today's Gospel, John's response is interesting. He doesn’t ask tax collectors to stop collecting, or tell soldiers to leave their work.

His message to us is simple – to live our lives in honesty and integrity and therefore experience the joy of walking with the Lord. 

We are called to be continually open to become ‘fire’ for God in every part of our life, a life of joy and simplicity. 

God is manifest in the ordinary, in the regular struggles of daily life. Faithfulness to prayer and worship, even when I am spiritually desolate; that is what we must do.

How can we bring the divine love of God into our ordinary life, experience the joy of a simple gospel life and make our faith an inspiration to those we meet?

What does our lifestyle say about our faith in Christ? 

Do we hoard or share what we have with others, especially those who are poor and on the margins of society? 

Malcolm Davies
5 minutes: READ the text slowly.
REFLECT on a phrase or word that struck you.
SPEAK to God about your thoughts.
5 minutes: LISTEN to God speak to you.
RESPOND with a prayer that feels right for you.

Next Reflection: Sunday 20th December 2015