Friday, December 15, 2006

Friday of the Second Week of Advent

Advent Prayer

God of power and mercy, open our hearts in welcome. Remove the things that hinder us from receiving Christ with joy, so that we may share his wisdom and become one with him when he comes in glory, for he lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked Nor walks in the way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, But delights in the law of the LORD and meditates on his law day and night.
Psalm 1:1-2

Plain and simple this psalm speaks. Blessed is the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked, but delights in the law of the Lord and meditates on his law day and night.

What a remarkable feat to do this. When we are in the company of others and in the back of our minds the law of the Lord is always there. So when we hear things that go against God's law we know better.

How often have we sat among others and heard things that we know are wrong and thought to ourselves that is not what God desires from us. That is not his way. And yet in those moments we do nothing and say nothing to correct it. We don't often say, gee you know something, but your behavior or the way you dress is not in with God's plan for you.

Or what we do to constantly break his laws to bring the wrath of God upon us, yet God is a God of love and patience. When we see how we are with our families and how we push our own parents to the limit then we understand how at times we too have pushed God beyond his limit, because he has far more children to look after than any family on earth. And we are all his baptized children, who often run amok in our own desires and not the desires of God.

Take a moment today and reflect on our own behavior, do we follow and keep his law or do we follow the way of the wicked. It's your choice! But choose wisely

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