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Reflection for Nov. 30, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Be watchful! Remain alert, for Jesus is among us!

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by Sister Sally Ann Brickner

Early Christians experienced sadness after Christ's Ascension, and longed for Him to reappear in all His glory. They remembered Christ's promise to return and anticipated that His Second Coming was imminent. Surely it would happen in their lifetime, and therefore they watched and waited eagerly.

Today, many people believe that wars, natural disasters, diseases and other catastrophes fulfill certain prophesies about the End Time and Jesus's Second Coming. Like the early disciples they expect that Christ will soon reappear, perhaps even within their lifetime.

Jesus does invite us to be watchful, to be alert to His manifestation. However, we know that His coming is not a future event but an ever-present reality. Jesus is both within and among us even though He hides His face from us. During this time of Advent we "wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Cor. 1:7). Will we see Him disguised in those who are poor, who are hungry, who are suffering, who are ignorant, whom we consider to be our enemies? We need to be attentive, watchful, and alert for Christ who is among us even now.

Prayer

"Grant your faithful, almighty God, the resolve to run forth to meet your Christ with righteous deeds at His coming." (from the collect for the 1st Sunday of Advent. ©2010 International Commission on English in the Liturgy Corporation. All rights reserved.)

 

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Reflection for Dec. 15, 2013

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Time of joyful waiting is also a time of loving action

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by Sister Renee Delvaux

Gaudete (Rejoice) Sunday is a call to joyful waiting as we ponder all that the birth of Jesus our Savior means for us at Christmas and as we prepare for the Lord's second coming in glory when He will lead us into His kingdom.

How can we joyfully await the coming of Jesus in a world abounding with suffering and evil?  The Letter of James is helpful: "Be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord."  We are called to trust in God's promise that He will come. Just as the farmer must have patience, waiting for the seed to grow, we too must have patience, remembering that God is at work, shaping the events of our wounded world into the coming kingdom.

Along with patience we need to take action as the farmer does in planting the seed.  Our task is to plant seeds of justice, compassion and forgiveness.  There will be struggles and disappointments in our efforts to plant the seeds and to keep them growing, but we are called to continue in patience and trust as God establishes the fullness of the kingdom.

Come, Lord Jesus.  Come and visit your people.
We await your coming.  Come, O Lord.
Teach us patience as we wait for you.

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