December 21, 2015

Advent 4-Monday-Daily Visit

Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen

The term ‘daily visitation’ makes me pause, and if I’m honest, it makes me a little uncomfortable. What if Jesus and God stopped by today. Would I be ready for that visit? When we expect company, what’s the first thing we do—clean up so that no one will see our daily mess, right? But Jesus is a daily visitor, so maybe the mess we are is really OK with God…?
St. Paul tells the Thessalonians how to always be ready for our Lord, Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit; do not despise prophetic utterances. But examine everything carefully; hold fast to that which is good; abstain from every form of evil. Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you entirely; and may your spirit and soul and body be preserved complete, without blame at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is He who calls you, and He also will bring it to pass. (I Thessalonians 5:16-24)

All we need to have ready to welcome Jesus today is a joyful heart. Then we are made holy (sanctified) by God! What good news. It’s OK to not be perfect!

Are you ready for Jesus to stop by your house and heart today?

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