By Sister Agnesine Seluzicki, MHSH
On this third Sunday in Advent, we are greeted with the exalted invitation to Rejoice! Why?
For “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)