Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Seen from the world’s angle, where there is never enough, waiting is just a frustrating waste of time and energy. But in God’s economy, where there is always enough, waiting and leaning into the seasons of life is a holy pursuit. In the fullness of time, God redeems those who wait on him. Mary waited 9 months for Jesus to be born. Jesus waited 30 years to begin his ministry. The disciples waited 50 days for the coming of the Holy Spirit. What kind of ‘salvation’ am I waiting for? How am I waiting – with impatience and waves of despair or with face turned to the light of God’s love for his faithful (and favoured) daughters and sons? Holy Spirit of God, help me wait for your salvation.
Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff –they comfort me. (Psalm 23:4)
Now is the acceptable time spoken of by the Spirit: the day of salvation, peace and reconciliation –this great season of Advent.
Saint Charles Borromeo
Soli gloriam dei .
Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.