Advent Meditation: Saturday, December 12, 2020

Psalm 126  •  Habakkuk 3:13-19  •  Matthew 21:28-32

“May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy.” Psalm 126:5

The season of advent is a time to intentionally prepare our hearts to continue to be dwelling places for Jesus. We invite the divine into our human hearts. This season requires me to do some deep examination and thorough housekeeping in my heart to discover how I am engaged in the work of using my words, actions, and resources in ways that the Holy Spirit can transform this earthly kingdom we live in to look a little more like the kingdom of heaven.

This advent feels very different to me. We continue to live in the midst of a pandemic, and our nation is more politically divided than ever before. The inequality of food accessibility, education, access to healthcare, and the long and painful systemic racism both plague us and call us to action. We can traverse this time letting our fear paralyze us or we can step out in faith and prayer with the knowledge that God has been, is, and always will be at work in the world and in our lives. Part of that leap of faith for me is having a deeply centered hope in the church, the Body of Christ, that when we let the Spirit propel us forward together, our tears and weeping are turned into joy that comes when we face the present and work for reconciliation.

Lord, may I be present to You presiding in my heart. Help me be an instrument of reconciliation, love, and justice. Amen.

The Rev. Lisa P. MasonMDiv Class of 2009
St John’s Episcopal Church
Diocese of New York

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