A Reflection for the Third Week in Advent by Sister Natalie DeLuca, MHSH
You may have read (or heard it more than once) that when Pope Francis was on his American visit, he brought an indescribable sense of joy and excitement that touched hearts; cheering crowds felt a presence. As we enter the third week of “waiting” for Christ’s coming, we read and listen to the Word of Scripture with a sense of excitement that recalls simplicity and joy.
He, the Christ, is coming. We prepare for the coming of the anniversary of his birth. Our longing does not leave us empty or bereft, as if we had been deprived of being present at his historic coming. For we know he comes still. He comes to us in a multitude of mysterious graces. He comes in the Eucharist to share our life’s journey. He comes in mystery of the stranger and of the beloved ones who are his face and voice.
He will come again—in Glory! The Word today cautions us: He is near. Have no anxiety. He is the Light who shatters the darkness; He is Mercy and Compassion who comforts in moments of darkness; He is Gentleness who fires our heart with love, understanding and courage. He will come to welcome each of us to His heavenly kingdom and death will be no more.
“…Your kindness should be known to all…The Lord is near. Have no anxiety.”
Take a few moments to reflect on Past Advents:
What Word of Advent Scripture lights your path to Christmas?
What present experiences of meeting Christ in Mystery do you cherish?
What Advent experiences of the past have shaped this Christmas celebration?
What persons from your personal history are enshrined in your heart and influenced you on your journey to meet the Christ of Glory?