What are you waiting for this Advent?
Since my conversion* I have seen Advent as a time of waiting for Christmas, or as commemorating the waiting of humanity, the waiting of Israel, the waiting of Mary and Joseph for the Messiah to come.
I have thought of it as an entrance into the mystery of that expectation both a memory of humanity and something that makes it present. Also, as the Church teaches, I know Advent as our renewed expectation of the Parousia, the return of the Lord.
Something else is happening with me this year. I find myself sensing that God is about to act in my life in a mighty way, a way I will be conscious of. I feel it like a rising tide, steady and slow, but sure.
God is coming. And He will set things right. Even if setting things right means I become free to accept and walk away from some painful and deep running, long term injustices I have been coming to terms with. Even if that is what is happening, I am happy.
“Lift up your heads, for your redemption is at hand.” (Luke 21:28)
However, I have a feeling that change is coming. Clarity is coming. An unravelling of seemingly impossible knots is already starting to happen. Justice is rising gently, truly.
I believe it.
Something about it is not just personal to me, but also universal.
Advent, in a very real way, is a special time of grace.
I hope this is happening for you, too.
I hope it is happening for our country, and for the world.
Let us prepare the way of the Lord. (Isaiah 40:3)
His ways are not our ways, and His thoughts are not our thoughts. (see Isaiah 58: 8-9)
Of course that is so.
But this year, as we wait for the Lord, and we make way in our lives,
let’s really expect Him…
In our houses, for real…
In our lives.
God entered into time in a mighty way by the Incarnation and Nativity of the Lord.
Let it happen now to us.
Let there be a star.
Because it’s all true.
I don’t know about you,
But I think I will celebrate Christmas this year with my front door open.
* I was baptized a Catholic October 23, 1990, at the age of 22. 🙂