"For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the Lord, as water covers the sea.”
Can you imagine there being a day that the whole world knows, and loves, Jesus? It seems surreal to think about. Do you have people in your life without faith? Can you imagine them coming to Church with you, talking about prayer, or raising their hands with praise beside you? For me, those people are my family. I think their faith is in there, maybe, just hidden away under a few layers. I believe that they know of God, but do they really know Him? I pray all the time for them to truly experience His love and truth in their lives, but sometimes it seems like I’m making a wish as I blow out candles instead of praying in faith that this could be a reality.
Prophets, disciples and even Jesus himself tell us so many times throughout scripture that one day everyone will know God. Do you have trouble believing that this can happen? The scriptures, particularly around this time of Advent are used to stir our hearts for what is to come. Remember, Isaiah was written around 700 years BEFORE Jesus was born but he starts to tell a story to the people of the time (and us!) of the person, the saviour, who will be coming to us soon. These words spoken in Scripture aren’t just a high hope, or a maybe-this-might-happen. These words to us are a promise. Advent is a season that is supposed to peak our anticipation and excitement. Not just for baby Jesus to be born, but for what it actually means for Christ to come into the world, our world, and how we have been forever changed since! We can start by recognising our own need for a Saviour and keep preparing our corners of the world to be filled with the knowledge of the Lord.
This Sunday's Scripture readings:
ISAIAH 11:1-10 | PSALM 72:1-17 | ROMANS 15:4-9 | MATTHEW 3:1-12
Alright so you got through the last round of Catholic facts and yeah, maybe you knew one or two already. For Volume II we’ve got a whole new round-up of the freshest facts that you’ve probably (almost certainly) never heard before.
"During a grand total of two days, bullets were aimed, fired, and lodged into my conscience, making me acknowledge the truth of what it means to be a disciple today, in the real world, as a young person who wants to be worthy of the life she is called to lead....."
If you’re anything like me, you’re so thankful lecturers are finally giving you a break from reading pages and pages each week, you’ve stepped outside for the first time this week and what’s better you can start answering ‘yes’ to those text messages from friends, asking ‘can we hang out?’ This, my dear friends is called a…. Mid-year break!
Birthdays have always been super exciting to me. I always make sure to remind people on New Year’s Eve that it’s 10 days until I’m another year older. It’s not that I’m trying to get a few more presents, I’m just kind of hooked on the excitement and anticipation (okay, and the presents). Which is why I love celebrating Pentecost.
Movie World is for everyone, especially thrill seekers like myself. Everyone is welcome there, and everyone has a place there.
Whoa! That was a huge week. School holidays, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Stations of the Cross, some massive Easter liturgies and then finally - Easter Sunday. It seems to have all gone so fast! Before you know it - it’s Easter morning and you’re neck-deep in chocolate eggs and self-induced tummy aches...
So it is Ash Wednesday today and for the first time, I actually remembered. Every year, on about the Monday before Ash Wednesday someone will ask me the standard, “so…what are you giving up this year?” Usually I’ll proceed to stare at them blankly until my stomach drops and it all clicks into place even though I vowed I wouldn’t forget this year.
Don’t limit God by thinking His glory only shines on top of the mountain, like in that historical moment of the Transfiguration. God’s plan for you doesn’t stop at Summer Camp. The adventure continues!
One of the biggest markers of someone who can set goals and achieve them is that they are in tune with their future self. They can feel what it would feel like if they didn’t follow through, or they can better see the consequences.