Sisters of St. Francis of the Holy Cross in Green Bay, WI
Reflection for Nov. 29, 2020

Reflection for Nov. 29, 2020

Watching and waiting

First Sunday of Advent encourages us to  make room  for the One who loves us  extravagantly 

by Sister Laura Zelten

We begin Advent with a call to prepare and to stay awake. We are called to be alive in God who is at work in our lives and to be ready to greet Jesus as he comes to us in every moment.

In Sunday’s first reading the prophet Isaiah yearns for the time when God will come to his people. He reminds us that we are all the work of God’s hand.

The Psalmist also longs for God’s help and care. We are encouraged to recognize how tender God’s love is for us – a love that became Incarnate, a light that shines upon us.

In Paul’s letter to the Corinthians we are reminded of the blessings we have received from God. It is God’s spirit that gives us hope as we wait for Christ coming again into our lives.

In the Gospel of Mark, Jesus teaches us to be ready and alert for God. We have each been given a task, and Jesus wants us to be prepared to receive Him.

Throughout this Advent season, let us remember each other in prayer and ask for the grace to make time for silence and stillness. In the silence, let us watch and wait for the Lord.


11/27/2020 6:34 am

Thanks, Sister Laura for the simple reminder to ‘stay awake.’ It is so easy to get caught up in the busyness of life or to go on ‘autopilot.’ This is an important and needed message. Peace to you for a blessed Advent!

11/27/2020 8:36 am

The first reading from Isaiah [63:16B-17, 19B; 64:2-7] is truly a prayer of our times. Isaiah gives us a beautiful and powerful gift in this repentant crying out to God in times of deep suffering, persistent sorrow and distress.

It is especially beautiful because Isaiah starts with the acknowledgment of God as an ever-faithful, attentive, all-creative and salvific father. Yet, in Isaiah's honest expression of unbearable grief, he boldly confronts God to ask how and why we, God's children all, could be left alone in our state of turmoil and suffering, without his ever-needed presence and guidance?

Perhaps because of Isaiah's outpouring of his broken and distraught heart, now becoming an empty, humbled vessel, he realizes - and confesses - how much more it is US who need to turn to God, and seek God's ways in all things.

His comforting reassurance that God is, and forever will be our father, a father who fashions and forms his family, like a potter fashions his clay.

The Psalm [80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19], too, echoes a similar message.

To know that we are being formed into A NEW PEOPLE through these hurtful times, and that A NEW BIRTH of A MORE COMPLETE SALVATION is being brought forth through US - in our cooperation with God and grace - is much needed refreshment and encouragement in these times.

Father Bill Jacobs
11/27/2020 12:21 pm

Thank you Sister!

I loved the comment, "making time for silence & stillness. " Advent is truly a time to "slow down." That fits in so well with your theme of "silence & stillness." May Peace be with all of you & all of us. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

In appreciation, Father Bill Jacobs

P.S. Due to the horrible Pandemic numbers in both Michigan where I live and Wisconsin where I often visit, I won't be coming home (my 2nd home) over Christmas! So sorry. I always look forward to visiting with the Good Sisters & Celebrating a Mass with you folks... Maybe, next summer?????

11/28/2020 11:16 pm

Stay awake be ready.. we do not know the hour when the Lord is some...the Lord is coming SOON....

Liz VH
11/29/2020 9:00 am

Thank you for this! Tender, silence, grace ??

Sister Rose Jochmann
11/30/2020 4:07 pm

Thanks for your reflection. Good preparation for Advent. A good reminder to find silence and stillness.

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