BAS page 452 lists today’s Scripture readings: Thursday, Week of 1Advent, cycle 2. The reading from Amos, a prophet from 760-750 BCE, is devastating. Through Amos, a humble shepherd, God explains to the people of the northern kingdom of Israel that the natural disasters they are experiencing are a prelude to the final fall of their country, which happened in 722 BCE. Destruction came because they chose not to put their faith in God and live lives of justice, love for others, and obedience to God’s commands.

The second Letter of Peter warns the Christian community to be prepared for the Coming of the Day of the Lord when all will melt away. Peter encourages them to live a life that is pure and blameless, to be at peace with God. Beyond the Day of Devastation God promises a new world where everyone is right with God.

Matthew relates how Jesus, whom the people believe is a prophet, argues with the religious leaders of Jerusalem in 30 AD. Using parables Jesus warns them that their disobedience toward God would bring devastation upon them. It happened in 70 AD.

What is the Holy Spirit saying today to us through these Advent readings?

Bible Reading: Amos 4:6-13; 2 Peter 3:11-18; Matthew 21:33-46.