Something struck me the other day, and its been under my nose all the time. A psalm verse “Then I will ever sing in praise of your name and fulfill my vows day after day.”
Day after day. Not a once in a lifetime deal, not a magic switch you flip and never have to think about again. Aren’t we all looking for that? Say yes once and away we go.
But it’s not that simple, or maybe a better way to look at it is that it’s not that stagnant. Life with God — a vowed life — Such as I am striving at is a “day after day” kind of living. Every morning when my feet hit the floor, I vow again. I say yes (with God’s grace) to starting the process and staying with it that day. And WHEN…I fall, I plant my feet and begin again. It reminded me this morning of that quote “Always we begin again.” Rule of St Benedict — the foundation of our Christian life not just for Benedictines . It’s been right here telling me I don’t have just one chance to get it right…..I have a chance Day after Day!
So Advent is about new beginnings and taking stock of our Christian lives. Each week as we light light the Candles on our Advent Wreath we think of the Patriarchs and prophets, John the Baptist, and The Great Mother of God, all who went before to Prepare the way for the Lord. They are to inspire us in our Christian journey.
Advent is not empty waiting. Rather Advent is a time to renew our faith in this God who loves us so much that He sends us His Son in our humanity so that we can share in God’s divinity. God sends us His Spirit to deepen our faith in these great mysteries—but this can only happen when our hearts are open to the Lord with generosity.