Written on: November 24, 2020
The Season of Advent is here!
Who can believe that we had barely finished celebrating the Christmas Season earlier this year when the world began to turn upside down? Since then, so many people have been sick. So many people have died. So many others are suffering the loss of work, home, family, livelihood. And, just when we thought we could see the end of that oppressive tunnel, here we are again.
Isaiah seems to be living in a similar time, crying out to God to come down and set things straight for those who have lost their way. Don’t we feel the same? Don’t we wish God would show us the right way? Inspire the researchers? Give hope to the weary doctors and nurses? Comfort the sorrowing? Maybe even just. . .
come down and fix it?
But, if Isaiah teaches us anything, it is that people will lose their way, and God will offer hope to help bring them around.
Advent is the season of hope. We prepare and wait for something wonderful to happen, and it does. Each year as the days grow shorter and the sun moves further away (from us northern hemisphere people), as leaves fall and seeds go into hibernation, a miracle takes shape. We slow down a bit. We think about the people we love more often- especially those far from us. We draw on memories past, to create memories anew for those around us.
Advent gives us four weeks to hope that something better is on the way, within our grasp. Whatever you are hoping for, be that peace, love, a deeper faith- God is offering that to you. We just need to heed the advice in the Gospel attributed to Mark:
“Be watchful! Be alert!” (MK13:33)
Look for joy and find it in experiencing hope.
Maryellen Glackin is the Social Media communications manager for the Grey Nuns of the Sacred Heart. She began her partnership with the GNSH as Director of Vocations. Her ministry has evolved over the years as the needs of the Congregation have changed. Maryellen, better known as Nanny to her 5 grandchildren, enjoys reading, talking walks and creating beauty in her life and home.