Advent Reflection 12/11/14
Since everything is to be dissolved in this way, what sort of persons ought you to be, conducting yourselves in holiness and devotion, waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God, because of which the heavens will be dissolved in flames and the elements melted by fire. But according to his promise we await new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells.
Therefore, beloved, since you await these things, be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace.
II Peter 3:11-14
But you, beloved, remember the words spoken beforehand by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ, for they told you, “In the last time there will be scoffers who will live according to their own godless desires.” These are the ones who cause divisions; they live on the natural plane, devoid of the Spirit. But you, beloved, build yourselves up in your most holy faith; pray in the holy Spirit. Keep yourselves in the love of God and wait for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ that leads to eternal life.
Yesterday we talked about living each day as if it were your last. However, if I truly lived that way, I would never exercise, my dishes would always be dirty, and I wouldn’t get much sleep. We also have to approach each day as if we will live forever. Our faith journey is a marathon, not a sprint. We will only make it to the finish line if our training is thorough and our energy is replenished frequently.
How do you train for the marathon of faith? Through prayer, reading the Bible, and learning from other Christians who have run the race or are running it alongside us. In this way you can “conduct yourself in holiness and devotion,” “build yourself up in your most holy faith,” and “keep yourself in the love of God.”
While running the race, how do we stay hydrated and energized? Where do we get the strength to keep going? Through the Sacraments, which give us the grace and spiritual food we need to persevere in our journey of faith.
Commit to one thing you will do on a regular basis to nourish you for your marathon of faith.