Sunday, December 1, 2019
Even though stores are already festooned with Christmas displays with Christmas songs in the background, my hope for you is this:
Don’t rush into Christmas.
Allow yourself Advent-time to wonder about the ways Isaiah and other prophets teach us to prepare for the coming of God into human life. On this first Sunday of Advent, Isaiah tells of the vision God has in mind for us. This vision is an arc over the world, from our ancient past to our undisclosed future. Call it a rainbow if you wish – a way to meet God on the way to meeting the Messiah. As we climb the mountain of God that Isaiah speaks of – the mountain of God, signs along the way will tell us if we are on the right path. Look for them.
-Do we find violence and disaster giving way to harmony and peace? If so, God is on the mountain with us.
-Are we willing to be pruned so that our grasp and practice of God’s vision become true , real and lasting ? Let’s not be afraid to be pruned. Pruning is what needs to happen to us as we go higher up the mountain with the Lord.
Jesus, in today’s Gospel, reminds his followers how the people before Noah’s day ignored the coming flood. We are not called to be like them, but rather mindful of the floods of life with the high waters of Lake Ontario as a daily reminder. We can survive the flood, particularly if we work together.
Stay awake, Jesus told his followers.
Ready yourself for what is to come, the fullness of light and life in God.
Light and life, the promise of God are not idle promises.
The Promised One is coming, so say awake.
Early in this Advent season , pay attention to this personal challenge:
Do not rush too quickly toward Christmas,
But linger instead on the mountain roads of Advent.
Find God on the ascent.
~Sister Joan Sobala