From today’s Gospel, from St Luke: ‘Let your loins be girded and your lamps burning, and be like men who are waiting for their master to come home from the marriage feast, so that they may open to him at once when he comes and knocks’. Our Lord urges us towards a state of constant readiness for whatever may come to us, whether it be an opening up of our lives to some new reality, or even to sudden and unexpected death.  All time is ‘Advent’ time.

But it is not an abstract waiting, it is a waiting for a Person, for Him whom our soul loves. May our being always be turned to Him. As the Song of Songs expresses it: ‘I slept, but my heart was awake. Hark! my beloved is knocking. “Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my perfect one; for my head is wet with dew, my locks with the drops of the night.” I had put off my garment, how could I put it on? I had bathed my feet, how could I soil them? My beloved put his hand to the latch, and my heart was thrilled within me’.

May God bless you in your encounter with Him this day.