Watch! Be alert! Stay awake! There is no way we can miss the invitation to be on our toes in the readings for the first Sunday of Advent. We’re being encouraged to wake up, leave the darkness and seek the light. Salvation is near. Yet, the Word of God is full of mystery for us. We’re supposed to know that this is now the time, the hour to wake up. Jesus tells us that it’s also a time when one person is taken and another remains. We don’t know when the Lord will come. The scripture we read is full of mystery. We only know that we are supposed to be people who are always ready and watching. We are to be people who look for the signs of the times and try to read them.
What shall we make of all that we read in the the scripture of this most amazing day? Well, the important thing seems to me to be, not that we know everything and understand everything but that we are just willing to wait because we know that in the end the waiting will be worth it. It’s the beginning of the waiting time and we have to just wait. Through the darkness and through the unknown will come the One we await…our Salvation…
Advent calls us to begin the journey to Bethlehem where the One we await will be waiting for us. And we will have to be ready along the way to say “Let it be done to me according to your word.” We will have to be ready to walk in the darkness toward the light. We will have to be ready to look for the stars that will guide us. We will have to be ready for the great mystery to be born in us. So, in the meantime, we watch, we are alert, we stay awake. Come Lord Jesus!
-Sr. Patricia Brady
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