2nd Sunday of Advent Reflection
On this second Sunday of Advent we are challenged by the readings to look at our journey of hills and valleys. The last sentence, “all people will see the salvation of God” puts before us the question: ‘how do I see God’s Salvation today?’ Can I see it in all things, all situations, and all people? For no matter what is going on, whether the good, the bad or the ugly, God is working out a plan. If I don’t see things from God’s point of view, I will get discouraged, frustrated and unhappy. Advent is a time of joyful expectation. As Julian of Norwich said, a joyful person is one who sees God in all things.
Therefore, if I strive to see the Salvation of God in the present moment, I will be joyful. This also demands that I try to see the bigger picture and walk in faith. Jesus of Nazareth came 2000 years ago, and the Cosmic Christ is ever coming today.
On this December 6, we celebrate St. Nicholas who gives us an example of reaching out to bring ‘salvation’ to those in need. May each of us reach out to all those in need whose paths cross ours.
This week we begin the Year of Mercy which Pope Francis has declared. How is God inviting you and me to show mercy?
Sr. Bernadette Stone, cps