2 Sam. 7:1-5, 8-12, 14, 16; Ps. 89:2-5, 27, 29; Lk. 1:67-79


“Should you build me a house to dwell in? …It was I who took you from the pasture and from the care of the flock to be commander of my people Israel…” 2 Sm 7:5, 8

Waiting is hard. Patience is a pain. Christmas Eve is a puzzlement. We’ve spent Advent with the People of Israel, yearning for the Messiah, hundreds upon hundreds of years.

However, it’s been a kind of “Let’s pretend…” wait because we know full well the Messiah has already come, hundreds and hundreds of years ago. So, glory be to God, let’s celebrate already! What’re we waiting for?

Well, to our on-going surprise, we’re still waiting for the Messiah to usher in the messianic age, a new earth where things happen the way God wants them to. This Messiah, meanwhile, is demanding/allowing a sort of “sweat equity” from us. We must, together, engage our faith and actions toward the building of this New Earth!


I will tell them that your love stands firm forever, your fidelity is fixed in the heavens…And I will appoint you my firstborn, higher than all the earth’s rulers.


Make my house big enough and the welcome mat laid at the door.

Today’s Advent reflection is by Maureen “Reenie” Daugherty, SCN, Louisville, Kentucky.


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