Am I at home when the doorbell rings?
Be on guard so that your hearts are not weighed down with dissipation and drunkenness and the worries of this life, and that day catch you unexpectedly ... Luke 21:34
Our waiting is always shaped by alertness to the Word of God that comes to us in mysterious ways. It is waiting in the knowledge that someone wants to address us. The question is, are we at home? Are we at our address, ready to respond to the doorbell?
We need to wait together to keep each other at home spiritually, so that when the Word comes it can become flesh in us. That is why the Book of God is always in the midst of those who gather. We read the Word so that the Word can become flesh and have a whole new life in us.
“Waiting patiently in the expectation is the foundation of the spiritual life,” Simone Weil said. When Jesus speaks about the end of time, he speaks precisely about the importance of waiting…….the attitude of waiting allows us to be the people who can live in a very chaotic world and survive spiritually.
Lord, never let our desire for convenience, safety and security overwhelm our desire to hear your Word and submit to it in patience. Amen.
Taken from “Our Light and our Salvation” Advent reflections from the works of Henri J. M. Nouwen
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