Reflection by Steve Schaefer, a parishioner.
Advent for me overflows with a feeling of hopeful anticipation. As an adult, it’s just like my childhood waiting for the Santa delivered BB gun. Now, that God given gift comes to me in the form of peace and joy . . . what I need more than any “thing”.
God’s people have been asking, waiting and receiving His gifts throughout history. He doesn’t disappoint as evidenced in two examples from today’s readings. In Isaiah 25:6 “On this mountain the Lord of hosts will make for all peoples a feast of rich food, a feast of well-aged wines. From the new testament in the story of the loaves and fishes: Matthew 15:37 “They all ate and were satisfied.” Through these stories, He’s telling us that the gift is His Kingdom and shows us this by giving us a little taste of heaven on Earth.
As a father, I have hopeful anticipation of what my children will think of my presents. During Advent, I also wonder about God’s anticipation. As He asks Mary to be the Mother of His only Son, would she say “yes”? As Jesus was in her womb, was He soothing Mary’s fears? Would His people love and accept his Son? Would they listen to His teachings? Would they hear the invitation and feel the welcome to the His kingdom?
I feel God’s anticipation, Jesus’ yearning, encouraging, pleading, Mary’s fear, anxiety, and the Holy Spirit’s calm soothing through this song by Jason Gray called “I Will Find A Way”. Enjoy it through this link: http://youtu.be/XOlVheWcfhA
The last words of the Bible are “Come Lord, Jesus”. What if God is calling us to an eternal Advent of anticipation? With every moment of our lives filled with childish, giddy hope, knowing the promise will come true. My prayer is that you have a wonderful Advent full of peace and joy. In your heart. Overflowing. Always.
+In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.