This Sunday is the second Sunday of Advent. The word Advent is anglicized from the Latin word adventus meaning “coming." For Christians, it is a time of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus at Christmas. Last Sunday we reflected on Mary’s response to the angel's announcement that she had been chosen to give birth to the Messiah. Her willingness to submit herself to God’s overarching plan was simply astonishing. And as I reflect on her response I would like to share with you a poem written by my beloved wife which challenges me to ask myself the question: “How willing am I to embrace God’s plan for my life."
“Almighty, Eternal Father God Overshadow me by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Granting me insight and wisdom to act justly, To focus my faith upon Your willingness and delight In bringing into being, things thought humanly impossible. Overshadow me with faith to look into the future And see how I might carry in my body, the life of Christ: Caring for the hurting and lonely around me; Responding to what I see and hear, giving freely.”
Overshadow me with
Your unconditional love
So I too may be able to say with Mary,
“May it be to me as you have said.”
In conclusion, I would like to remind you that I’m in the office on Tuesdays and Thursdays and available to meet with you on Tuesday afternoons and on Thursdays by appointment.
May the Christ of Christmas fill you with peace in the turbulent and uncertain times.