Written on: November 28, 2023
Written by Sister Dolores O’Dowd, GNSH
A printable version of the Advent Reflection is here.
Advent has long been recognized as a time of anticipation – something is coming. Anticipation can be fearful or joyful. Isaiah appears to have looked with dread. We might be tempted to relate to that feeling when we look at life around us – fear, hate, abuse, destruction of earth and one another. We might connect with Isaiah as he muses: “Would that you might meet us doing right, that we were mindful of you in our ways.” We may also pray as he did: “Oh that you would rend the heavens and come down.” But isn’t that exactly what God did do in Jesus?
This brings us to the other form of anticipation, what Pope Francis refers to as the joy of the gospel. It gives us a guide so that we can indeed be found doing the right. Jesus gave us the Spirit whom Hildegard speaks of as the “hope of oneness for that which is separate and that which makes life alive.” Eckhart reminds us: “the first outburst of whatever God does is always compassion.” He also echoes Matilda of Magdeburg in connecting compassion with justice.
So, Advent is an invitation to venture into life with the Spirit who, as Hildegard says, “awakens and reawakens everything that is.”
Be Watchful! Be Alert! The Spirit is bringing life!
First Sunday of Advent: Reflection by Sister Dolores O’Dowd, GNSH
Second Sunday of Advent: Reflection by Sister Patricia Geary, GNSH
Third Sunday of Advent: Reflection by Sister Dolores Beatty, GNSH
Fourth Sunday of Advent: Reflection from our President, Sister Denise Roche, GNSH