It’s hard to believe that the third week of Advent is upon us. It’s been quite challenging to remain focused on the present moment while my to-do list has not gotten any shorter and the days have not gotten any longer. However, during this time of expectant waiting, I find hope and renewed focus as we enter into the third week of Advent and celebrate the joyful anticipation of the Lord’s coming being near! This week is a time to rejoice and also remain steadfast and patient. As the second reading from James in this Sunday’s Gospel says, “Be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, being patient with it until it receives the early and the late rains.”
Yesterday, the 3 RMC’s and I shared in a day of reflection that focused on “deep listening” to God through several mindfulness practices. It was nice to be able to take a step aside from all the distractions and busyness of preparing for the celebration of Christmas and to just “be” with God and listen to what God might be saying to us in the quiet. Taking the time to listen deeply requires great patience but also joyful anticipation that God will respond to us. During this time, I experienced great joy as we took a meditative walk through the park. As we embarked, a brisk wind was blowing and a cluster of leaves rustled across our path as if to joyfully greet us on our journey. The further we walked, the calmer the wind became and a deep quiet and sense of peace surrounded us. I am grateful for sharing in the quiet together with our volunteers and feel re-centered and open to what these next two weeks of Advent may reveal to me.
Where have you found joy this Advent season?
How might you share that joy with others?