The AdventWord for today is MYSTERY. I relish being open to the wonder, the awe, the mystery of The Holy. People from the beginning of time have worshiped according to their understanding of the Holy. Eventually people began to claim their mother goddess or father god as belonging to them, their nation. Wars were fought and people conquered in the name of their deity. With Christ, came the message that not only was God One, but that this One Deity was for All People, and that victory was not through military might or oppression, but through Love.
Have you ever realized how much easier it is to rejoice when you are noticing the positives in life, like loving acts, smiles, beauty, simple kindness?
Today, I light the Advent Candle of Love and the AdventWord for today is Rejoice. I knew Love was the theme for this week, so I had been pondering it. Thanks to Ann Weems’ poem about Joseph, my mind went to those ordinary acts of love that I see all around. People are making sacrifices, mostly unnoticed, right before our very eyes.
With tears in my eyes over what I beheld: a mother inviting a young man into her home for Christmas, knowing this young man killed her son; a grandmother sharing how much the love of others meant to her because she was able to get a brand new toy for Christmas from Toys for Tots when she was a child; an older man who daily feeds an elderly man to whom he is not related; not to mention the sacrifices made by relatives for one another.
With these thoughts of love in my head, I could not help but rejoice. It is in this spirit that I invite you to share in Communion.
Mary goes to see Elizabeth and together they erupt into praise. We social distance physically but gather in spirit. Let’s continue to encourage each other and rejoice in the meeting of Heaven and Earth.