Is 63: 16b-17. 19b; 64: 2-7 Integrity is a key aspect of true holiness. In fact it is necessary as without integrity there is no holiness! Isaiah calls for us to act with integrity, that is, to live the truths we believe without compromise no matter what the cost may be to us in the eyes of the world. We live in an image conscious world – in fact, it could even be said that image is everything in today’s world. This is not the case in the Kingdom of God.

Jesus, help me to choose the eternal values of the Kingdom of Heaven over and above the passing fads and material things of the world.

1 Cor 1: 3-9 The last line of today’s text is a key one – and God is faithful. I do not know if there are any more satisfying words than these in all of the Scriptures. The fact that God is faithful covers everything that I could possibly care about! If God is faithful the only thing I have to worry about is whether or not I will be faithful to him! This may be a scary thought but it is nothing less than the reality of freewill. And without freewill anything we did would be meaningless as it would be necessary and not chosen.

Holy Spirit, help me to exercise my freewill well. Help me to use it to follow Jesus as his friend and as a disciple.

Mk 13: 33- 37 Jesus warns his disciples to stay awake because we do not know for sure what will happen next in our lives. We ought to be prepared for the fact that we may be surprised at the next step God asks us to take. Each of our lives is as yet an unwritten adventure and it is up to us, through the decisions we make, to write our own story of discipleship and faith. Let us seek to do this as well as we can and as generously as possible.

Holy Spirit, open my heart to the fullness of your love for me so that I may never doubt that you have my best interests at heart.