Getting Ready

May his name be blessed forever;
As long as the sun his name shall remain.
In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
All the nations shall proclaim his happiness.
Psalm 72:12-13

Advent holds us
in the darkness,
in the quiet,
in the promise
before dawn.
The readings tell
of our need for God.
Our hope is assurance;
It embraces faith;
It is not passive;
It asks much of us.

The Baptist said:
“The one who follows
is mightiest.
All must prepare.” (Matt 3:1-12)
Paul said: “With one voice
we glorify the God and Father
of our Lord Jesus Christ.” (Rom 15:4-9)
Be ready! Be open!
Something new
is about to happen!

Even our theology
and 20 centuries of religion
do not prepare us
for God’s surprises,
always more than we expect.
But we do know
we will be drawn
into the same mystery
as the way of the cross.

We hope we will meet every trial
and God will always
be with us.
Liturgy calls us
to do our best,
to listen to the Spirit,
act on what we hear.
Advent is good news:
God is coming closer to us.

Let’s meet him in the depths
of our human struggle,
where the Word appears
like the first light of dawn.

Tom Lynch
Oak Park

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