December 5, 2021
We continue our Advent journey of waiting and watching daily for the Lord.
Sometimes that is easy and other times that is very difficult, and we can even, at moments, forget all about Advent and the mission of looking for Jesus in our everyday experiences including everyone we meet.
Yet, He comes and He will continue to come.
Recall.....The destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple of God...and the people ...taken into the Exile in pagan Babylon
For all of us there have been or will be the experiences of seemingly losing everything, whether that is through a natural disaster, an illness or disease, an ending relationship, or even having to face our own death.
Where is the courage to go on and to not give up hope?
Baruch was the scribe for the prophet Jeremiah, and had experienced the destruction of the Holy City Jerusalem, and what seemed like the end of the Jewish people and the promise of a Messiah.
The first reading on this Sunday is from the prophet Baruch; he writes...
...take off your robe of mourning and misery;
put on the splendor of glory from God forever:
In spite of all the unfaithfulness and of all the disasters, past and present, God will not abandon his people. We too, are a part of his Chosen People through our Baptism.
We believe that when scripture is proclaimed, God is speaking to us individually and as a whole.
As in the past, these words from Baruch can give each of us courage to continue to wait and watch for the coming of the Lord daily in spite of all that we go through.
We are once again assured that in our difficulties, our high mountains and low valleys, God will make a way. We will daily experience the coming of the Messiah. So, with great hope, we pray for the grace to trust that God will again fulfill his covenant with each of us.
In the second reading, Paul writes to the small group of newly baptized Jewish Christians and continues to offer them hope in the midst of all their ups and downs, persecutions and sufferings.
He encourages them to continue the way of love for all and watch for the coming of the Lord. Today we know that the coming is everyday, at our death, and at the end of time.
Wherever we find ourselves this week, let these sacred readings give us the courage to continue to wait and watch for the coming of the Lord.
That is preparing the Way.
He is coming daily!!!
Wait and Watch!!!