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Advent – Saturday, Third Week

December 21, 2019

Saturday, December 21, 2019

O Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice,
come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Scripture for Today

Only four days remain until the anticipatory season of Advent is over. The theme, “What Are We Waiting For?”, has been explained many times: we are anticipating Jesus’ birth or Christmas. The Gospel from today’s reading is about Mary visiting Elizabeth. Both were in anticipatory times of their lives’– expecting their firstborns. In the last verse Elizabeth is speaking to Mary, “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled”. Ultimately, that is what we are waiting for: for God’s promise to be fulfilled in our own lives. The thing is, it already has been fulfilled in our lives – we are just to acknowledge that fulfillment by living out a life of love. There are many different ways to love, each of us having a specific vocation.

At least in my own life at the moment, what I am waiting for is that specific Camino36Feetvocation – religious life, married life, or single life? But in the meantime while I wait, I know that God’s promise is fulfilled, is being fulfilled, and I am to love and serve others in the process. It is not an idle waiting, but filled with activity and growth. Maybe that is the point? While we hope for what is yet to come, we create the future. As Saint Mother Theresa once said, “I used to believe that prayer changes things, but now I know that prayer changes us and we change things”.

In the Old Testament reading for today this verse urges us to anticipate what is to come – “My lover speaks; he says to me, “Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one, and come!” (Song of Solomon 2:10) So what are you waiting for? Go and seek God’s promise – it is already fulfilled.

-Hanna Potter

As this new day dawns, we look to Christ, our source of light and understanding. We glory in praising you, Lord Jesus. May our words of praise echo in works of mercy and compassion. As people called to hand on the good news of your abiding life-with-us, shape us into disciples whose lives will spread light and joy. Give us words to enlighten and enliven, to hearten and encourage our sisters and brothers. Amen.

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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.

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