Know Him, Love Him and Serve Him
St. Richard of Chichester (1197-1253) said in a prayer “…May I know you more clearly, love you more dearly and follow you more nearly, day by day”.
We are anxiously waiting for the coming of our saviour Jesus Christ and one of the three things that Jesus expect from us is to Know him, love him and be ready to serve him. When we are expecting a guest in our homes, we try to know the person in order to prepare appropriately for his coming. We purpose in our hearts to show him love and to serve him.
We can know Jesus through the scriptures by availing ourselves to teachings, prayer and the directions of the Holy Spirit. Through testimonies of the apostles, saints and believers who lived exceptionally good lives and how Jesus used them in the assembly.
1 John 4:19 says “We love because he first loved us”
Jesus has given us the example of love “greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friend” (John 15:13).
In loving Jesus, he expects us to love one another with an unconditional love because he first exhibited that love by laying down His life for us. It is therefore our calling to love our friends as ourselves.
We are also called to serve Jesus Christ by being each other’s keeper, being there for people especially in the time of their need. Jesus said in Matthew 20:28 “Just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve…”.
Thank you to everyone who turned out to support the Ecumenical Carols at the Golden Disk this week. Over 200 leaflets were giving out with an invitation to join us this Advent & Christmas.
Don’t miss 9 Lessons & Carols next week – a beautiful service of scripture and music.
We welcome Ally (or organist) back this week – so bring your big singing voices!
Advent & Christmas Dates:
- Advent Course, Thursdays after mass (10:30am)
and online via zoom (7:30pm) – 15/12, 22/12
- 18th December – 9 Lessons and Carols, 6pm
- 24th December – Crib & Carols Service, 3pm
- 24th December – Midnight Mass, 11:30pm
- 25th December – Christmas Day Mass, 10am