Today’s Readings: AM Psalm 18:1-20; PM Psalm 18:21-50; Amos 4:6-13; 2 Pet. 3:11-18; Matt. 21:33-46
A reflection from Maureen Carey-Back, Lay Pastoral Assistant, St. David’s, Ashburn; Diaconal Postulant for Holy Orders
During the weeks of Advent, our lives create a new story of moving from darkness to giving birth to new light in our lives so we can be a blessing to others, being the incarnational presence in the world.
“May you be made strong with all the strength that comes from his glorious power, and may you be prepared to endure everything with patience, while joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has enabled you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the light. He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the kingdom of his beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
When I read this reading from Colossians, these lines spoke to me about the work of Jesus in our lives during Advent. Advent is that sacred time that we wait with God’s sacred presence in us, growing and waiting to give birth to a new light within each of us.
As we journey together in this first week of Advent we are filled with hope. We kindle a flame of hope in our hearts of expectant anticipation that something amazing, something special is on its way. As we wait with patience and are made strong by the power of God, our hope muscle grows stronger from the gift God give us in his love, redemption and in the forgiveness of our sins. This frees us to give birth to what waits underneath – a changed life, a renewed or healed relationship, sobriety, real help for those in need, answering a call and any new possibilities.
I invite you as Advent journeyers to embrace the transformation that comes from waiting and from hope shaping us to move from darkness to light, joyfully giving thanks to God for this wonderful gift he has given us. Together let us engage with God as partners and co-creators in his kingdom with a renewed strength and spirit to do the work he calls us to do.