Return to God’s word. Allow it to transform you. Notice how your faith is being deepened and your way of life motivated.
So far, this Advent season has proven to be both a journey and a struggle for me. For well over a year, I’ve dreaded the implementation of the new Roman Missal. Now that it is here, I’m having to find ways of moving beyond my personal hang-ups and reengaging in the source and summing of my own spiritual life and the life of the church universal. It’s been a journey, but it’s been a struggle.
This past fall, I made the decision to attend grad school. It’s been a wonderful journey. The people that have guided me through this process have been truly amazing. I have no doubt this is where I’m supposed to be. Yet, it has been a struggle. I’ve been out of the academic routine for a while. I’m not great at managing my time and I would have never dreamed that I would be as busy as I am. It’s been a beautiful journey, but it’s been a struggle.
There’s something in the word “journey” itself the seems to imply that it’s more than just traveling from one place to another. There’s a sense of the unknown; perhaps wrestling with some sort of difficulty is even implied. I think this is a significant point in understanding our search for “everlasting peace.” It’s a journey. It involves the unknown and it involves difficulty. Yet, we have that promise that we will find what we are searching for if we remain diligent in traveling along this journey of faith.
So, how can I work toward becoming more Christ-like this Advent season and beyond? As I alluded to in the previous post, I believe that it’s going about my daily activities with full mindfulness and intention. Why I am I doing the things that I am doing? For whom am I doing them for? After all, the entire message of Advent is “stay awake!,” “be watchful!” As I move toward the mystery of Christmas, I hope to keep this mindfulness about me. I will seek to look for that “everlasting peace” in my everyday life, and I know that if I remain vigilant, I will find it.
Messianic Predictions, Thomas Ingmire, © 2005 The Saint John’s Bible, Order of Saint Benedict, Collegeville, Minnesota, USA. Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Catholic Edition, Copyright 1993, 1989 National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved.