1st Sunday of Advent Reflection
As we begin Advent, we light one candle in the midst of all the darkness in our lives and in the world. It symbolizes our longing, our desire, and our hope. ARE WE READY? As we look upon our world today – the question echoes: ARE WE READY? The anguish of the world that our charism invites us to take to our daily Eucharist fills us with a sense of sadness and helpless-ness. Our own disappointments and frustrations fill us with a dimming of light. ARE WE READY?
A plethora of voices fill our minds – watch, rejoice, behold, prepare, mercy, reconciliation – ARE WE READY for the ONE VOICE? As we reflect on this Advent season that is upon us, this jubilee of MERCY to be proclaimed – perhaps the company of two special women will grace us with readiness for the ONE who is, who was and is to come. The ONE who is Peace in Chaos, Light in Darkness, Mercy in Struggle, Joy in Sadness!
Into The Darkest Hour: Madeleine L’Engle
It was a time like this,
War & tumult of war,
a horror in the air.
Hungry yawned the abyss-
and yet there came the star
and the child most wonderfully there.
It was time like this
of fear & lust for power,
license & greed and blight-
and yet the Prince of bliss
came into the darkest hour
in quiet & silent light.
And in a time like this
how celebrate his birth
when all things fall apart?
Ah! Wonderful it is
with no room on the earth
the stable is our heart.
In Mary-Darkness: Jessica Powers
I live my Advent in the womb of Mary
And on one night when a great star swings free
From its high mooring and walks down the sky
To be the dot above the Christus I,
I shall be born of her by blessed grace.
I wait in Mary-darkness, faith’s walled place,
With hope’s expectance of nativity.
I knew for long she carried me and fed me,
Guarded and loved me, though I could not see,
But only now, with inward jubilee,
I come upon earth’s most amazing knowledge:
Someone is hidden in this dark with me.
ARE WE READY?
Sr. Nancy Iampietro, cps