Advent 2014

Third Friday in Advent - December 19th

Jgs 13: 2-7, 24-25 / Ps 71: 3-6, 16-17 / Lk 1: 5-25

In the midst of winter, in the cold barren landscape, we are filled with want and anticipation for warmth and life. Tree branches are stripped of visible life and time seems to stand still…waiting in a shuffling silence. But beneath the surface of the bark there is a storehouse of energy, of life, of a newly created spirit. We wait in silent anticipation, as Zechariah did, for life to break forth and herald the coming of spring, of a new creation!

In today's Gospel we hear of the angel Gabrielle announcing to Zechariah that his wife Elizabeth, who is barren, will bear a son and that he is to be named John.  Zechariah asks, “How shall I know this?” Because of his doubt Gabriel strikes him speechless, corrupting his ability to take joy and proclaim God's plan until the day of John's christening. Taking note of Zechariah's experience we breathe in the silence of calm stillness and prepare our hearts, waiting for the tree branches to show their first buds of new life. We take as our sign the ecclesia, the community gathered together in anticipation of Christ's coming, striving to enflesh the hands and feet of Christ in the world. How are you working to be Christ's hands and feet?

John the Baptist was “filled with the Holy Spirit even from his mother's womb” and in the womb leapt for joy the moment the unborn Jesus came near during the visitation. So too are we filled with the Holy Spirit and so too are we called to leap for joy at the coming of the Lord when our waiting has been fulfilled. How are you preparing your body, mind, and heart at the advent of spring, at the advent of a new creation?

Jarrod Kinkley
Campus Ministry Intern