By Sr. Elizabeth Langmead, MHSH President
This Advent we were invited to a place of stillness as we lit the candles representing hope, faith, joy, and peace/justice. In this stillness we pondered the promises of this season. Last week on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Noreen reminded us that: “We celebrate God’s promises with every breath of our lives through our obedience to our faith in God.” We desire to be rooted in the example of Mary by responding in this forever changing world, “I am yours, Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.”
My pondering this Advent takes me to one of the Christian symbols of hope (one of my favorites), the anchor. Our anchor – that which keeps us grounded is of course Emmanuel, God with Us.
The following passage from Isiah is traditionally read on the night of Christmas Eve:
The people who walked in darkness
have seen a great light;
Upon those who dwell in the land of gloom
on them, a light has shone.
-Isaiah 9:1 (NAB)
These words were spoken to a specific time and situation – these words and this message are given to us as well — as we stand in this moment – at this time in our lives – anchored in a God who delights in us and desires to come to us in the flesh – the Word. May we experience the hope of this message and bear witness to the Light – the Light that has already arrived and is yet to come!
What is the hope that has been planted in your heart this Christmas?
What is it that you ask God to bring to birth in you?
Christmas Blessings to you and your loved ones. May your hearts be touched with deep joy during this holy season!
Your sisters, The Mission Helpers of the Sacred Heart