By Sister Eleanor Suther
December 1, 2019
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 24:37-44
As I listened to the readings from the Book of Daniel, and the Book of Maccabees these last few weeks, I couldn’t help thinking that they described dynamics present in our world today. But now, amid the divisive politics, the looming climate change, the effort to plan as we admit and realize the new normal for the future of our community, and yes, signs of or own aging or failing health, we are called to pay attention to a different narrative. We are called to let go of our fear and awaken to the Spirit within us.
No matter the darkness that swirls around us, we are called to walk in the light, to be alert to the God of love who shines through our lives, our community and our world, if only we pay attention to it. As baptized Christians we are not of the night or darkness, we are children of the day. We are called to let that light and love shine though us, always remembering the love of Christ that fills us.
As followers of Jesus Christ, we are called to be ever alert to the holy already here and calling us to let it break through our lives, to bring healing, reconciliation and peace to our world.
We light this Advent wreath to help us to focus during this time of Advent, to encourage us on the journey, to help us to be alert as we are called to be the light in our world.
A poem by Sister Bridget Bearss, RSCJ which I found on the website of the Society of the Sacred Heart focuses this call for me.
Reflection: Bridget Bearss, RSCJ,
Executive Director of the Stuart Center and Erin Everson, Communications Coordinator for the United States – Canada Province