It is not too late! The last moments of Advent…

It is not too late!

Advent is coming to a close, but it is not too late!

Whether advent has passed without notice for you; whether advent has slipped through your fingers and you have felt no time to make or to pursue good resolutions; whether you have made the resolutions and tried with all your might to enter into the spirit of the season—it is not too late. Has the waiting been good, hard, beautiful, a reminder of human weakness, a joy, a journey, a struggle—it is still not too late!

Make room right now!  Make room in the inn of your heart, in the manger of your soul.  Make room.

To make room, something radical needs to happen: we must take the time.  We must stop what we are doing and take the time.  Now.  In the busy-ness of life and the hubbub of the world around us, we must take the time.  Whatever the advent journey has been, wherever you are, do not let the noise of the world overtake you.  Stop.  Take the time.

The Communion Antiphon for today tells us: “Behold, I stand at the door and knock: if anyone hears my voice and opens the door to me, I will enter his house and dine with him, and he with me”(Rv 3:20).  He is knocking.  He is ever knocking, but we must open the door to Him.  Before we can open the door, we must hear His voice.  To hear something, maybe other noises and distractions can still be buzzing around us, but these sounds can’t be too loud–there must be enough room for us to hear.  Silence or quiet is best to really hear, to really give the time to Him right now.

He is the maker of time, and He always returns so much more than we can give Him.  Trust Him with the time.  Take the time.  Take it for silence.  Take it be with Him.  Take it to hear.  When He knocks, open the door.

We prepare to celebrate the fruit of radical openness to the knocking of the Lord and God’s loving plan for our salvation.  Let’s recall the annunciation, so beautifully remembered in the Angelus.  The Angelus goes like this:

The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary,
-And she conceived of the Holy Spirit.
Hail Mary…

Behold the handmaid of the Lord.
-Be it done unto me according to Thy word.
Hail Mary…

The Word was made flesh.
-And dwelt amongst us.
Hail Mary…

“The Angel of the Lord declared unto Mary.”  To hear the angel, the announcement from the Lord, Mary had to have that internal silence.  When beckoned to the Will of God for her life and for all of humanity, she replied with love for God in her heart “Behold the handmaid of the Lord.  Be it done unto me according to thy word.”  And so opening the door, “the word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”  Mary opened the door of her heart and of her very self to the Will of God and to the Word of God, Who took flesh in her womb.  Joseph too had to be open to the message delivered by the angel of the Lord in his dream.  Thankfully, he was open and did hear, and “when Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home”(Mt 1:24).

The Lord knocked on the doors of Mary and Joseph in a special way, a special way for each of them, for their family, and for all of salvation history.  He also knocks at the door of each of our hearts, knocks at the door of each of our relationships, each of our families, and each of our communities.  Do we hear him?  Do we open the door?  Will there be room at the inn?

Christmas is upon us!  Together, let us reply (now!), “Come Lord Jesus!”  “Oh come, oh come, Emmanuel!”

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