(Today’s reflection is offered by parishioner Anne Wasielewski.)
Show us your mercy, Lord, and grant us Your salvation. Psalm 85:7
The season of Advent is upon us – a time of waiting, but waiting with expectation. It is a time of hope in the midst of uncertainty and the busyness of the season. Its symbols, songs, and rituals reflect the promise of the return of our Redeemer, Jesus Christ. In a world torn apart by war, injustice, secularism and greed to name just a few, it is so very easy to become discouraged, and ask where is God? Has God forgotten us? Advent reminds us that our wait is not fruitless, for God is at work bringing about God’s purposes and promises to us. Be still, and know that I am God…Psalm 46:10
Though God may seem silent, God is always at work. God’s “light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it. John 1:5. We know the God who has come and who will come again, and that hope is a hope that will not disappoint us.
As a Church and faith community, we begin the third week of Advent. Our week begins with Gaudete Sunday. Gaudete means rejoice in Latin. The spirit of joy is upon us. We read of stories of faithful people who prepared our way to salvation, and we enter into the story of how Jesus’ life began, and the promises of what Jesus’ life will mean for us – salvation
In this season of waiting, we must prepare our hearts and ask for God’s healing grace – the reign of God is becoming closer and closer. No matter how busy our days and evenings are, we must set aside a few minutes to give thanks for a little more spiritual freedom to walk by the light of our Savior in joy. With God, all things are possible.
We will continue with our daily routines, but it is my hope that we will experience the difference of what our faith can bring to not only us, but others we may encounter on an everyday basis. May we quite our hearts, and be still, and know that God is truly present in the now.