A Meditation for the Advent Liturgy of December 22nd
In this awe-inspiring icon we see John the Baptist
prostrating himself before Emmanuel – “God with us”
We join the Blessed Virgin Mary on this day
and we raise our hearts in praise:
It is the prayer and the praise of Advent.
Our soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.
He has filled Advent with unlimited graces.
The harvest has been abundant.
The response to John the Baptist
has been reform and conversion…
We have obeyed Paul in the call
to make greater progress in our spiritual journey.
Hope has come to a fullness:
in three days a Savior will be born…
a Redeemer will be in our midst.
We will know the presence of God.
Indeed we proclaim the greatness of the Lord.
Our spirit rejoices in God:
Our spirit knew a silence.
There was a journey into the deepest core of our being,
into sacred solitude;
God was encountered and adored.
Our spirit knew a hunger that moved us
to consume the Inspired Word of God,
Faith opened the riches of the Messiah.
Our spirit knew a desire for a Savior
that made us cry out with John:
Maranatha! Come, O Come Christ the Lord!
He has shown the strength of his arm:
The impossible has become possible:
Christ was found in suffering.
Asceticism led to riches…
Fidelity brought a joy.
He has shown the strength of his arm……
Afflictions purified the soul
Struggles made hope greater…
Self-giving made community life a glory to God…
He has cast down the mighty
and lifted the lowly:
He showed the emptiness of my prayer
yet gave the desire to pray more…
He has come to the help of his servant…
When obedience was beyond the possible
He took us to the fiat of Mary.
When loneliness tore at the human heart
He assured us of his presence.
When one was exhausted with mystery
He gave greater faith.
His help was abundant
and the heart bowed in gratitude.
Indeed He has remembered his promises
When I asked, I did receive.
When I sought, I did find.
When I knocked, He did open.
He promised a Redeemer.
In three days his promise will be fulfilled.
In longing and hope
my soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.
Msgr. Bernard Powers