When the Preparing, Waiting and Staying Awake are Over

By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB

Buzz words about Advent pop into our minds when we reflect on the season.  “Prepare, Wait,  Be Ready, Stay Awake.”

As Matthew asserts, “You must be prepared for at an hour you do not expect, the son of Man will come.”

My reflections this season have focused on this. My own Sister sister, my sister-in-law, Sisters dear to me here in the monastery have all faced God in ways that I have not (yet).

How do we stay alert and awake for the Lord’s undeniable coming?

We  renew our efforts to help the poor, the ill, the lonely. We repent of our selfishness when we have not done so. Indeed, these are the Christs we are preparing for this Advent. They are in our midst, down the corner, in nursing homes, at the soup kitchens and food pantries. In our own homes.

We are to encourage each other to “Put on Christ.” We are to forgive, to go the extra mile, to let go of jealousy and rivalry, to live in harmony with one another.

The words seem lovely; the practice of them is often very difficult.

So we remind ourselves over and over, this is Advent! It’s time to prepare for God’s coming to earth!

Because one day the preparing, waiting and staying awake will be over. We will hear the words, “Come , walk in my light.” (Is2:1-5). Let’s help one another be ready.

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