Saint Mark Daily Advent Devotional – December 12, 2014
by Carl Leary
Scripture: Matthew 23:39
As we await the celebration of the birth of the Christ child, we must remember that he has told us he will come again. With joy we look upon the babe in the manger and we know that he came to earth so that he could die for us and our sins, but on that glorious day he will come again to claim us as his children.
In Matthew, chapter 23, Jesus is talking to his disciples and the crowds. He is calling out the scribes and Pharisees for being outwardly beautiful, but inwardly full of uncleanness. We come to the babe, assured that our hearts are turned to the love of God as well as to our fellow man. It does not matter what we look like on the outside as long as we are pure on the inside.
Prayer: Oh God, the author of all sustenance, who has nourished us from our youth up; fill, we beseech thee, our hearts with joyfulness, that in thy bountiful providence we may serve thee with every good work, through Jesus Christ our Lord, through whom with thee and the Holy Ghost be all glory and power, and honor and worship, both now and forevermore. Amen. (from The Observance of the Love Feast)