Reflection for 2nd Sunday of Advent
My dear Friends
This, the Second Sunday of Advent, is a very special time in the life of our parish! 1. After nearly two months ‘exile’ from our church building, this Sunday we have returned ‘home’; 2. This Sunday, the Second Sunday of Advent, we are celebrating our Parish Feast Day of the Immaculate Conception.
Today’s readings are a call toward ‘conversion of heart’ to each and everyone of us. We hear John the Baptist call out: “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! A voice of one crying out in the desert, Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight his paths”.
In counselling, there is a term used which could apply to today’s gospel and parish feast: attentive listening! This term applies to a state of being in which we do not listen just with our ears, but with our whole bodies, all our senses, and every fibre of our being within us. It is a time when we hear both what is said in words, and often screamed at us unsaid and unspoken. It is only when we engage in attentive listening that we can truly reap the benefits of authentic dialogue. Most of us are so intent on communicating what we feel and we think that we are totally deaf to others. The same applies to, and in, our relationship with God! Jesus, the prophets, the apostles and disciples call us towards a change and conversion of heart, but we do not hear them.
This Advent, God is calling us into a state of attentive listening! He is calling us to listen to his voice telling us how much he loves us. He is asking us to engage in a journey towards personal and spiritual authenticity. In His all-embracing compassion, and in the sacrament of reconciliation which we shall be celebrating on the 12thDecember at 7.30 pm, he is showing us that our woundedness and brokenness are doors through which we can experience his healing, light and change of heart. Perhaps during this Advent, in the stillness of our hearts, and in our celebration of the Eucharist, we can enter into stillness and listen to his voice attentively.
Love, Peace and Blessings