Second Week of Advent
As I enter a darkened room, I light the candles representing the first and second weeks of Advent.
I thought. . . . I can’t believe that the first week of Advent is over.
I’ve been so busy. . . . too busy.
My soul felt sad.
I recalled that a week ago I had experienced being invited to spend a little extra time in quiet prayer during the Advent season.
I experienced such joy and consolation as I felt Christ calling me to experience a deeper intimacy with him and with all of creation.
As I recalled my week’s activities, I realized that I had taken very little time for prayer.
It was then that I asked God if I could have a “second chance?”
Then I was drawn to read the second reading of the second week in Advent. At that point in Paul’s journey, he spoke these words to the Philippians who had become discouraged:
I am confident of this, that the one who began this good work in you will continue to complete it.
What a joy there is in knowing that our God is a God who faithfully offers us “second chances.”
And it is our loving God who will accomplish through us what God desires for us.
My soul was at peace.
– Sister Anne Green
First Week of Advent
The world around us feels so fearful that it can be hard to return our hearts to the childlike innocence that would allow us to fully experience the miracle of God’s love.
That child still lives in us, however, and a change in focus can help us rediscover it.
The Gospel tells us to watch, to be alert. What do we watch for? What is it, exactly, are we expecting?
We can watch for wonder.
We can allow ourselves to be astonished by the small acts of love and care around us.
We can recommit ourselves to bring all into unity with God, with one another, and with all creation.
All creation is waiting for us to act!
Let us pray that the graces of this season will begin to Advent in us.
– Sister Sue Clay