Episode 63 – Advent (Part 2)

Jake and Brett finish a series on Advent and discuss how it’s worth being aware of how much we relate to God for what He has instead of who He is. 

Guiding Quote

“We must dig deeply in Christ. He is like a rich mine with many pockets containing treasures: however deep we dig we will never find their end or their limit. Indeed, in every pocket new seams of fresh riches are discovered on all sides.” (St John of the Cross)

Key Points

  • We are invited to mine the treasures of God and not dismiss them always looking for another novelty
  • The Scriptures are alive and living
  • We tend to crave novelty
  • God respects our mediocrity which leaves us unfulfilled; He doesn’t force Himself upon us
  • Being in a relationship with God means honouring Him as Himself – we need to let God be Himself and not demand He be what we want 
  • Prayer is mutual encounter with Jesus as he is
  • The parable of the sower gives a good check of the heart
  • The parable of the sower: Matthew 13:1–23, Mark 4:1–20, Luke 8:4–15
  • “He who humbles himself will be exalted; humility is the foundation of prayer, Only when we humbly acknowledge that ‘we do not know how to pray as we ought,’ are we ready to receive freely the gift of prayer.” (CCC 2559)
  • “The only prerequisite to intimacy with God is a desire for Him.” (John of the Cross) 

Discussion Questions

  • What struck you from this episode?
  • Where do you accept mediocrity in your relationship with God?
  • Do I believe there is surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:8)? 

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