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We await new heavens and a new earth


This weekend St. Peter reminds us that waiting for the Lord is not something passive, but something that requires vigilance and diligence on our part. It is about serving the Lord. A waiter at a restaurant isn’t called that because the person sits around doing nothing, but instead they are waiting to serve. So this Advent we are reminded to “wait on the Lord’s table.” The short clip from above is a reflection on today’s New Testament reading that that touches on this theme. As we continue in this season, “be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace” (2 Peter 3:14).

2 Peter 3:8-14

Do not ignore this one fact, beloved,
that with the Lord one day is like a thousand years
and a thousand years like one day.
The Lord does not delay his promise, as some regard “delay,”
but he is patient with you,
not wishing that any should perish
but that all should come to repentance.
But the day of the Lord will come like a thief,
and then the heavens will pass away with a mighty roar
and the elements will be dissolved by fire,
and the earth and everything done on it will be found out.

Since everything is to be dissolved in this way,
what sort of persons ought you to be,
conducting yourselves in holiness and devotion,
waiting for and hastening the coming of the day of God,
because of which the heavens will be dissolved in flames
and the elements melted by fire.
But according to his promise
we await new heavens and a new earth
in which righteousness dwells.
Therefore, beloved, since you await these things,
be eager to be found without spot or blemish before him, at peace.

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