First Tuesday of Advent, 1 December 2020
In today’s reflection, Waiting in Joyful Hope author Michelle Francl-Donnay reflects on Isaiah 11:2a, as well as the insight of St. John Cassian.
In the comments section below, share your own response to today’s scripture, Francl-Donnay’s reflection, or the accompanying meditation prompt.
The Spirit is coming to me as a refreshing breeze to renew my life, my sense of commitment to Christ.
This afternoon I walked into the church to do some work, and as I was shaking the snow off my coat, I heard first an email notification and two seconds later a text. Both were important. So before I’d even greeted our Eucharistic Lord, I was getting ready to interact with my phone. This is no good, right?
I appreciate that the Holy Spirit interrupted, saying, “Me first.” Consciously tending my relationship with God does need to happen first, last, and during all the other parts.
My grandparents worried about me constantly when I moved out of my parent’s home. But I was intrepid. Ah, youth! Now, however, older, my courage fails me, at times. Isaiah reminds me I have but to breathe and ask, and I will be filled up with the Spirit. The Holy Spirit can make me intrepid once again!