Every day during Advent, students, faculty, and staff from across the SLU community will share reflections on the intersection of the Scriptures of the day, the liturgical season of Advent, and their own lives.
our minds and our hearts – that is what Advent is all about.Preparing to purify ourselves for the most
awesome moment that is the birth of Jesus.Today’s readings capture that hope for the moment.In Isaiah, we hear about how the Branch of
the Lord will be glorified.And how
there will be a purification – a purging and washing away of all the bad and
the filth.We also hear about how in
this moment, there will be new creation and we will be sheltered and protected.
centurion in Matthew also wanted to provide shelter and protect.He called upon Jesus to help cure his
servant.And he too had hope.Jesus was pretty much astonished by the
centurion.In a sense, the centurion had
also purified himself – purged himself of the fear of talking to someone like
Jesus.And perhaps he felt sheltered and
protected by Jesus in this request.
first Monday of Advent moves us along on that road to hope – the hope of the
birth of Jesus.But for the next several
weeks – and even beyond that – how can we also purify ourselves and be a hope
to others?St. Ignatius calls us to ask
ourselves:What have I done for
Christ?What am I doing for Christ?What ought I to do for Christ?
Christ as that that person you may meet on the way to class; as the person in
line at the check-out counter at the store; a friend who asks you to lend an
ear in a moment of despair; someone sitting alone for a meal; a person who you
know has been ridiculed by others.Are
you, like the centurion, fearful?Can
you overcome your fear because someone else needs you?How can you help someone to feel sheltered
recent weeks, we have heard a lot about the fear of those who our country sees
as “different”– different in faith, race, origin, gender, ability and in a host
of other ways. In this Gospel passage Jesus is called to help someone by one
who is different than he is.I can’t
help but think, how I am called to help someone struggling at this time?It is a cry that many will utter aloud this
Advent: “Come and save us, let your
faith shine upon us”. We cannot ignore
that cry or that call, just as Jesus did not. By our faith we are called to help.Advent
– preparing our minds and hearts.Having
hope.Can you provide hope to someone
this week?This Advent?This year?