Second Reading (2 Peter 3:8-14):
'There is one thing, my friends, that you must never forget: that with the Lord, ‘a day’ can mean a thousand years, and a thousand years is like a day. The Lord is not being slow to carry out his promises, as anybody else might be called slow; but he is being patient with you all, wanting nobody to be lost and everybody to be brought to change his ways. The Day of the Lord will come like a thief, and then with a roar the sky will vanish, the elements will catch fire and fall apart, the earth and all that it contains will be burnt up.
Since everything is coming to an end like this, you should be living holy and saintly lives while you wait and long for the Day of God to come, when the sky will dissolve in flames and the elements melt in the heat. What we are waiting for is what he promised: the new heavens and new earth, the place where righteousness will be at home. So then, my friends, while you are waiting, do your best to live lives without spot or stain so that he will find you at peace.'
As we approach Christmas and the first coming of Christ, St Peter in this reading is focused very much on Christ’s second coming.
And very much in line with other scripture passages he calls on us to be vigilant as we await this coming. He also calls on us to live ‘holy and saintly lives’. Yet how do we do this? Well, a good place to start would be the saints! Perhaps today is a good day to consider a deeper and more meaningful study of the lives of the saints in order to heed St Peter’s call to holiness and sainthood. What better way to learn than to look to those who have been there and done it! We have a wealth of resources on the saints and we would do well to take a little time out to learn more about these holy people of God. They can be our guide to Heaven! They are true role models of how to live our lives!
Why not pick a saint and try to learn something about them today? It may be the saint you are named after or a saint a relative is named after. Perhaps you just like the sound of a particular saint. Pick one and find out a little more about them. Perhaps you can even make that saint your role model.
Below are just a few suggested saints you might want to consider:
St Therese of Lisieux
St Joan of Arc