Second Sunday of Advent – 8th December
The immanence of Christmas can cause us to
start to plan with the end in mind. Our activity while being focussed on that
event can distract us from what is happening at the moment. The preparations
can all seem present to something that has not yet happened but which we
anticipate. It is in this sense of anticipation that we can miss the everyday
events which make the journey worthwhile. When we hurry towards the destination
we can forget who we are travelling with and why we are seeking to arrive there
quickly. Maybe it is time to hasten slowly!
Each day is not just to be struck off the calendar as one day less to go. We are called to see what is happening within us as we search for who we long for. What brings meaning and substance to our life? This is a time where we can look at what Christmas and the coming of the Christ child mean for us. What is it that we are looking for and how do we see ourselves more clearly?
With John the Baptist this is a time when we are called to notice what holds our attention and whether this assists us along the way. We are called to be people who are open to the promptings of God and to let go of the things that bind us too strongly. May we become people who travel lightly and freely towards God. May the joy which rises in our hearts disturb us with a peace the world cannot give.
Fr. John Armstrong