Text for the Reflection
2 Peter 3:14-16
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. Bear in mind that our Lord’s patience means salvation, just as our dear brother Paul also wrote you with the wisdom that God gave him. He writes the same way in all his letters, speaking in them of these matters. His letters contain some things that are hard to understand, which ignorant and unstable people distort, as they do the other Scriptures, to their own destruction.
In today´s text, Peter repeats the verb “looking for” in verses 12, 13, and 14. This verse looks forward to what will happen with the second coming of Christ. Peter reminds us that just like the world was created from nothing everything vanish on the last day as well. This reminds us that they will be time for judgement and it is frightening information to many of us. No one is prepared to face judgement day because there is nothing merit in us inheriting eternal life. We attain salvation by the grace of God, not by merit. Significantly from today´s text, we are being reminded that while waiting for this second coming of Christ, we should not be idle. We should live a spotless, blameless, and peaceful life. Though we inherit eternal life through God´s grace, this is not an excuse for living an immoral or irresponsible life. Advent season reminds us of the need for preparing for the coming of Christ. We make this preparation by extending God´s love to those around us. Amen
Let Us Pray
Almighty God, give us the grace to cast away the works of
darkness and to put on the armour of light, now in the
time of this mortal life, in which your Son Jesus Christ
came to us in great humility; that on the last day, when
he shall come again in his glorious majesty to judge the living and the dead, we may rise to the life immortal; through him who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.