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Advent Reflection - Third Week

 


As we continue our advent journey, we hear John the Baptist identifying himself as a voice crying in the wilderness and as a challenger to the people of his time, to make straight the way of the Lord.

 

  • How am I a voice crying out in the wilderness of our times? What does it mean for me to become a path, a way of welcome for the Holy One present in all of creation ?
  • Do I give myself time to notice the ways that the path unfolds before me and within me ?
  • Will I allow my path to unfold by widening my circle of compassion, justice and hospitality to embrace all living creatures and the whole earth community ?
  • And do I choose to be a voice challenging others to do the same?

As the Earth Charter says, We stand at a critical moment in Earth’s history, a time when humanity must choose it’s future – it’s way, it’s path, founded on respect for nature, universal human rights, economic justice and a culture of peace.

 

This week let us be alert to the messages and messengers on the path because God communicates in unexpected and surprising ways.

 

Be ready to be surprised .

 

- Ruth O’Reilly, PBVM
- Regina Quigley, PBVM


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"It comes like a gentle dew" (Isaiah 45: 8)

 

Isn’t that what so many of your Christmas cards are going to say and what the readings from the Old Testament say during Advent?

Grace comes when you stop being preoccupied and stop thinking that by your own meddling, managing, and manufacturing you can create it. We’re trained to be managers, to organize life, to make things happen. That’s what’s built our culture, and it’s not all bad.

But if you transfer that to the spiritual life, it’s pure heresy. It doesn’t work. You can’t manage and manoeuvre and manipulate spiritual energy. It’s a matter of letting go. It’s a matter of getting the self out of the way, and becoming smaller, as John the Baptist said. It’s very hard for us not to fix and manage life and to wait upon it, ”like a gentle dew“.

 

Are we to be passive? No, very much the opposite. When Buddha asked a question similar to the one Jesus asked, ”Who do people say that I am?” his disciples all gave reasons — “Oh, you’re this, you’re that.” The Buddha replied, I am awake“. To be awake is to be vigilant and active .

 

Many of the Advent readings call us to the single, most difficult thing: to be awake.

 

- From Preparing for Christmas With Richard Rohr

 


 


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