Gift: Knowledge – With the gift of knowledge, we understand the meaning of God’s Revelation, especially as expressed in the life and words of Jesus Christ. A person with knowledge is always learning more about the scriptures and Tradition.
Reading: Amen, I say to you, among those born of women there has been none greater than John the Baptist; yet the least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.* From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven suffers violence,* and the violent are taking it by force. (Matthew 11:11-12)
Observation: As I sat in our small chapel this morning waiting for the good news to be proclaimed by the leader of our communion service, he says that he is still waiting on the holy Spirit to inspire him to tell him what to say about the gospel for today. The kingdom of heaven is at hand. It was an admonition from Jesus to his apostles, and to us today. If we believe that the kingdom of heaven is at hand, and we are in it, then we are greater than John the Baptist. Our job is more important than his job, because he was telling of the coming kingdom and we must convince people who it is already here.
Personification: Joy. I am choosing to display the fruit of joy today, in anticipation of the 3rd Sunday of Advent, where we are called to rejoice in the coming of our celebration of Jesus’ birth. Since, tomorrow is not promised, we should show joy to the people who don’t know Jesus now, so they can see the love he has for them through us and the joy that comes from our relationship with God.
Prayer: Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me a sinner…Amen!