December 01, 2019
On Sunday December 1 we celebrated the First Sunday of Advent, a very special day in the life of our Parish family as it is the anniversary of Mo. Mary’s first day with us as our Rector. On Sunday she began her tenth year as our spiritual leader and for that we can be forever grateful.
In the Gospel lesson from Matthew Jesus tells his disciples he will come again and that as we wait we should be prepared and ready because “about that day and hour no one knows, neither the angels of heaven, nor the Son but only the Father.” As Jesus commands us, we are to “keep awake therefore, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming.”
Mo. Mary said we all have life experiences of preparing and waiting for a special event and related one of her most cherished experiences with us. Hers was the birth of son Andrew during the season of Advent. As it happened, Andrew was born well past his expected due date of December 11. She and Steve had been all packed and ready when the date arrived only to discover Andrew had other plans and wasn’t ready to greet the world as yet. So they waited in great anticipation for another week and then another as both Mo. Mary and the doctor were committed to natural childbirth. As she and Steve prepared to have dinner at Steve’s mother’s house one evening, Mo. Mary felt a twinge that she thought may be the beginning of labor. When they were done with dinner and leaving, they whispered to Steve’s mom that this evening might be the night so she was alerted to be ready. Finally after more waiting at the hospital with some close friends, Andrew arrived with some difficulty that was ultimately successfully resolved after more waiting and watching. The long wait was finally over and Steve and Mo. Mary had their baby boy. She closed by inviting us to find our own personal Advent experience of learning deeply to wait expectantly, to be alert to the signs, to be prepared, and to reflect on it as it relates to our spiritual journey of waiting for Jesus, and then share it if an appropriate opportunity arises.
Just as the ancient Jews were told of the coming Messiah and waited eagerly for his arrival, we are called to prepare and wait for Jesus’ second coming. It is God alone who will ultimately rid the world of evil and create a new heaven and a new earth for his children. No one but God himself knows the hour or time. It will come as unexpectedly as a thief in the night. Jesus invites us to prepare and be ready. God wants nothing more than for every one of his children to reside with Him in heaven throughout all eternity.