Christmas is my most favorite holiday. Not only do I get to see my family, spread joy and cheer to others through acts of service and gifts, but I also get to act like a child for at least 24 hours. As I was reading the scriptures for this day of Advent, I was reminded of a framed needlepoint stitched by my mother that hung on my bedroom wall throughout my childhood and much of my adolescence. This framed needlepoint simply said, “Please be patient. God isn’t finished with me yet.”
The readings from Bartholomew and the responsorial Psalm implore us to get rid of our sadness and rejoice in the restorative power of the Lord. It is in these scriptures that we are reminded that God always made a way to redeem His people regardless of the circumstance that evil attempted to put in His plan for our lives.
The reading from Luke further confirms that on our Christian journey there will be many obstacles that we have to overcome. Yet, we should find comfort in knowing that through it all God will be going before us, making straight paths, filling every valley, lowering mountains and hills, making rough ways smooth, and winding roads straight. What does this mean? It means that God is going to work it out and He will work it out in your favor.
It is from these readings that we should draw an immense amount of comfort. Why? The reading from Philippians suggests that it is because God is going to finish what He started. Whatever situation you might find yourself in today, do not fret. This is all part of God’s master plan and He will not leave you hanging out there alone; just be patient. God isn’t finished with you yet.
Advent comes from the Latin word, adventus – an arrival or a coming. In the context of the season, Advent means that the Lord is coming. Read more of the Advent introduction...
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