Reflection: First Sunday of Advent 

by S. Mary Teresa Morris, OSB

Saturday, November 26, 2016

Sister Mary Teresa Morris

Welcome to Advent. The gospel this week speaks to the kind of waiting that we should do. Most of the time when we wait, we know the endpoint: vespers will start in ten minutes, Mass will start in five, next Tuesday I will be going to... and so on. 

It is not the "I'll think about that tomorrow," of Scarlet O'Hara.

Nor is it the "I will pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today," of Popeye's buddy, Wimpy.

Nor is it the stuck in time, frozen, waiting of Mrs. Haversham in Great Expectations.

It is an on-going vibrant waiting. A waiting that is completely and energetically involved with God's world today, and yet, staying prepared. For we "know not the day or the hour." There is no endpoint, and yet, any point could be the endpoint.

We have had tragedies in the last 12 months: worldwide, nationwide, locally, communally, personally. We knew not the hour.

As we enter this Advent season, we are asked to prepare anew: for we know not the hour. However, we know the steadfastness of God's love and the promise of sharing in His Eternal Life, both now and in the world to come. 

Have a blessed Advent, Sisters.