Daily Office Readings for the Saturday of Week 1 of Advent Year 2.
“It is these worldly people, devoid of the Spirit, who are causing divisions. But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith; pray in the Holy Spirit.” (Jude: 19 – 20)
I always say that every human being has the Spirit of God in them, but many do not use it. I think this is what Jude means when he talks about worldly people devoid of the Spirit. He goes on the say that such worldly people cause division among us. Laziness and blaming others for all the bad that happen to us is easy and infectious and makes us feel that we are not responsible for the way we are or what we say and do.
Jude continues, “But you, beloved, build yourselves up on your most holy faith.” Having and relying on our faith is so important. With our faith we strive to see our Lord Jesus in all people. The good secrete we have is that we can, and should, look for our Lord Jesus in people who do not profess Christianity as well as those that do. See if you can discover a Christ-like quality in a non church-goer or someone who is of a faith other than Christianity or even no professed faith at all. If you do see a loving Jesus quality in the person you can always say to yourself, “That’s awfully Jesus of you.” Just don’t say it out loud. Remember it is you who is looking for our Lord Jesus in the other, not them. I’m thinking they have him and don’t know it. So let part of your faith be the search for our Lord Jesus in others regardless of what they may or may not believe.
Finally, Jude says to “pray in the Holy Spirit.” Remember that when you pray you are responding to God who is already praying, you are not initiating the prayer. God has already done that. All any of us has to do is just relax and let the Holy Spirit pray through us. To quote a commercial, “Oh what a relief it is.”
Let us hear what the Spirit is saying to and through the saints of God and then ponder anew what the Almighty can do. John+