Planting the Seeds…A Reflection for the Third Week in Advent

By Sister Agnesine Seluzicki, MHSH

On this third Sunday in Advent, we are greeted with the exalted invitation to Rejoice!  Why?

Advent 3rd weekFor “here is your God.”  This is the message of Isaiah.  Even as it came to an oppressed and suffering people of his time, so it comes in this 21st century, to a still broken world weighed down with the rampant evils of war, greed, manipulation and a variety of natural devastations.

Our God is here.  In the midst of chaos and turmoil and seemingly insurmountable obstacles, the sacred heartbeat of our God pulsates throughout our world, keeping alive the promise of a perfect world where peace will prevail.

As we await the return of Christ in glory, St. James reminds us to be patient.  Our patient waiting, however, is not meant to be one of a passive acceptance of the status quo. Rather it is one in which we are called to imitate the work of a farmer who plants and then “…waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it.…” (James 5:7)

This is our time for planting the seeds of compassion, care and kindness so that justice and peace can take root in the here and now of where we are.  The field for this planting is as close as the person next to you.

Christ has no body now on earth, but yours,
No hands but yours, no feet but yours;
Yours are the eyes of the world through which he looks
Compassion on the world,
Yours are the feet with which he goes about doing good,
And yours are the hands with which he blesses
All the world.

(St. Teresa of Avila)

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One Response to Planting the Seeds…A Reflection for the Third Week in Advent

  1. This is one of my favorite Sunday’s of Advent! I remember when I was in Colorado in the 60’s and we had a huge storm that pounded upon us for a full week. Each day we needed to go out and shovel snow in front of our convent. No one really moved in the town unless they had a sled, huge tractor, or team of horses. However, we managed to survive. Early on this Sunday morning the pastor called me to help shovel snow for Sunday 6:00 am Mass for people to arrive for Mass. In the night the storm cleared and the sky was lovely – millions of stars, full moon and a bit of crispness in the air. The homily was based on ‘rejoicing always in the Lord’ – yes ‘but more people needed to help to clear the street for more Masses this day!

    This may seem trivial but the truth is I learned about rejoicing on this day and I never forget how to rejoice!

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