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Advent – Monday, Third Week

December 16, 2019

Monday, December 16, 2019

Scripture for Today

For the past forty incredible years, I have sat next to my husband in the car and listened to him bemoaning how all the other drivers were slowing him down, keeping him from the next anticipated event, friend, task or adventure. I would rather not directly quote him but my response is that each of them were placed on this earth to teach him patience.

Camino-ShrineThe truth is, very few of us are good at waiting and have very little patience.  When my daughters were pregnant, much to my chagrin, they each wanted to know the gender of their babies as soon as possible.  They couldn’t wait for what I consider one of the last great surprises.  Their reasoning was for the preparation of the arrival, the nursery, baby clothes the correct color and all the other things that go along with it.

Advent is also this space of anticipation and preparation, of waiting for Emmanuel, God with us. Advent means “coming” in Latin, and though we traditionally think of the arrival of the Christ child, the focus of this season is the second coming. Waiting for God to intervene.

In the book “Oh, the Places You’ll Go!”, Dr. Seuss talks about “a most useless place” called “The Waiting Place”, where people are waiting for all sorts of things. In this space between the birth of Jesus and the return of Christ, in all of our busy-ness of preparing, have we entered “The Waiting Place” unaware? Or, in this in between time, have we placed God in “a most useless place”?

Mark 13 tells us to “watch” and “be alert”. The reality of Advent isn’t that we are waiting for the Christ Child.  The Christ Child is here, calling us from the margins, waiting for us. He is watching through a fence at a border, can you see him? Listen, he is shouting from prison and sitting on a corner begging for food.  The LGBTQIA youth eyes are pleading for acceptance, did you notice?

Baby Jesus grew into a man and showed us exactly what to do. He looked directly to the margins, even on the Sabbath, to share a healing love. He showed us how to be human, to be the image of God, to be love incarnate and He is asking: What are we waiting for?

Cindy Saufferer

O God, most high and most near,
you send glad tidings to the lowly,
you hide not your face from the poor;
those who dwell in darkness you call into the light,
Take away our blindness, remove the hardness of our hearts,
and form us into a humble people,
that, at the advent of your Son,
we may recognize him in our midst, and find joy in his saving presence.
We ask this through him whose coming is certain, whose day draws near.


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Photographs by Theresa Ruttger. Graphic design by Baya Clare CSJ. Before copying or using any text or images from this site, please contact bayathread(at)gmail(dot)com for permission.
Some material on this site is adapted from Daily Prayer, Daily Bread, published by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille in 2004, and is used with the permission of the Editor and Project Director, Eleanor Bernstein CSJ.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Carolyn Puccio permalink
    December 16, 2019 8:10 am

    Baya, this year’s reflections are the best ever… Thank you… Carolyn

    Sent from my iPad


  2. betsy meagher, csj permalink
    December 18, 2019 8:53 am

    so beautiful and meaningful! Thank you.

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