I’ll come right out and say it. I’m impatient.
I do not like waiting for things to happen in my life. If there are problems in my life I like to solve them, I don’t like leaving projects unfinished.
Therefore, Advent is not my favorite liturgical season.
This season is dark. The mountains are dark, trees left bare of their leaves. The air is cold and hurts your face when you walk outside. Daylight is shorter and shorter, and darkness fills our days. We know this darkness is not only the absence of physical light, but a world longing for their King. Yet still, “rejoice!” is a common phrase heard through malls, churches, and workplaces this time of year. How? How can we rejoice when times of darkness are so prevalent? I want to solve the problem of the darkness. I want it to go away so I can be closer to Jesus.
Hope. We are a people of hope.
In Catholic Tradition, each candle on our Advent wreath symbolizes something. This week our candle stands for the virtue of hope. In this darkness, we have hope. We have a glimmer of light in our small, hope filled, purple candle. What is it that we hope for? We hope in the promise that Jesus is coming. This promise is not only for Mary, Joseph, and the Wise Men: it is for us as well.
Jesus. Is. Coming.
He is coming with Love and with Mercy. He has come to bring us closer to Him. He wants to be so close to us, so intimate with us. That is why He came as a little child.
Well, WHERE IS HE?
Homes and churches across the world have an empty manger sitting in their nativity scene: a spot fit for a King.
In times of darkness, we may feel all we are doing is sitting, waiting, crying, sitting, waiting: waiting for something to change, something to be better. However, there is more. Our Lord is too good to leave us in the darkness. We must be brave and hold tight to His promise, He is coming.
When Mary Magdalene found the empty tomb, (I know this is an Advent post, but we are an Easter people right?) she did not run away. What did she do?
She stood outside the tomb. She waited for Jesus to find her.
And what did Jesus do? He found her, He called her by name, He embraced her. But first He let her sit by the empty tomb.
We are waiting for Jesus, and He is excited to come to us. Let us rejoice and open our hearts this Advent season, even in our darkness, because Jesus is coming soon.
O Come O Come Emmanuel!
In His Heart,