MONKS AND THE “NOT-YET”
We Benedictines live this sense of hope also by our vow of stability: holding firm in our commitment no matter what, especially in times when the Lord seems far away or when God is taking too long to come. In community living we help one another in countless ways to “wait in joyful hope.”
Benedict wants his monks to cultivate a sense of awareness, constantly looking for God's presence everywhere, being aware of Christ's approach in everyone they meet.
Advent, then, is surely the monks’ season, a time for facing the reality of our own imperfection and that of the world while at the same time looking in hope to the future knowing that this present imperfect life is not our destiny or our final goal.
“NOT-YET” TAKES THE LEAD
|A young Newtown CT survivor|
There’s a kind of hope that is simply crossing your fingers and holding your breath as you wait for some desired outcome. But the kind of hope that the Church calls us to during this Advent season seems to me to be another kind of hope, the Christian virtue that shakes its fist defiantly in the face of catastrophic storms, insane massacres, fiscal cliffs, and everything else in our lives that says that all is lost and that God has abandoned us. It’s the hope that shouts “Alleluia!” at funerals – for no earthly reason, with no human logic.
So, as we continue the season, as the Church ratchets up the sense of expectation of the coming of the Savior, we bring to our prayer all of the worst things about the sin-sick world in which we live, and we defiantly lift them up and hurl them in the face of God’s almighty power to save.
Advent is not a time for telling God how big your problem is;
Advent is the time for telling your problem how big your God is!