You are invited into a time of spiritual reflection and prayer in this Advent season—a season of waiting and listening, a season of expectation and hope.
O Lord, let me not conform to the ways of this world, but transform me by your Holy Spirit; renew me mind and heart that I may discern and do Your Will—what is good and acceptable and perfect. AMEN.
December 19. Redeemable.
TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you begin
“And now, friends, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did also your rulers. In this way God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, that his Messiah would suffer. Repent therefore, and turn to God so that your sins may be wiped out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah appointed for you, that is, Jesus, who must remain in heaven until the time of universal restoration that God announced long ago through his holy prophets. Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you from your own people a prophet like me. You must listen to whatever he tells you. And it will be that everyone who does not listen to that prophet will be utterly rooted out of the people.’ And all the prophets, as many as have spoken, from Samuel and those after him, also predicted these days. You are the descendants of the prophets and of the covenant that God gave to your ancestors, saying to Abraham, ‘And in your descendants all the families of the earth shall be blessed.’ When God raised up his servant, he sent him first to you, to bless you by turning each of you from your wicked ways.”
While Peter and John were speaking to the people, the priests, the captain of the temple, and the Sadducees came to them, much annoyed because they were teaching the people and proclaiming that in Jesus there is the resurrection of the dead. So they arrested them and put them in custody until the next day, for it was already evening. But many of those who heard the word believed; and they numbered about five thousand.
REFLECTION from Bob Dahm
I love the book of Acts. It tells what the Apostles did after their three incredible years with Christ. In this passage, they begin by forgiving those who murdered their friend and Rabbi. The Apostles then call for the persecutors to repent and follow the same Christ they had put to death! Now that’s redemption! Forgiveness leading to repentance and the increase of the Christian flock.
The loving Spirit of God sees everyone as redeemable. The hands that broke bread with Christ, began the chain of flawed Christians that lead to my salvation. No one person saved me, but rather God placed people at critical moments of my life, to nudge and guide me back to Him. It is a humbling and strangely exalting awareness, to realize that Christ had me in mind as He submitted to the cross. As the carol says…” and the soul felt it’s worth!”
PRAYER: Lord Jesus, In this Advent season, please let us feel the worth of our broken selves and to see that same value in others. Lead us to forgive and seek forgiveness of others. Help us to repent and again commit to follow you. May others become attracted to you through your light and love, shining through me. AMEN
TAKE A MOMENT OF SILENCE as you close.