Fourth Monday of Advent

December 21, 2020

First Reading Song of Songs 2:8-14
Gospel Luke 1:39-45

Artwork by Samantha T. | Class of 2023

My life, in the past year, has been abundant with uncertainty. I’ve moved twice and struggled to be patient when job application after application got me nowhere. My dream to spend a year teaching in Uganda has been deferred indefinitely. All of this on top of the pandemic. It’s my hope that my faith is my rock throughout this time in my life. The readings for today called me back to that hope.

Mary and Elizabeth are two women who wait in hope for the Lord and trust in His plan. But what are we waiting for? And what does waiting in hope look like? The first reading for today speaks of the promises of the Lord in the imagery of nature: “For see, the winter is past, the rains are over and gone. The flowers appear on the earth” (Song of Songs 2:11-12).

God promises that He will prevail and show us beauty and joy like we cannot imagine, once we are one with Him.

He will wipe away every tear. Our mourning will be turned into dancing. Elizabeth recognizes that this trust in God’s miraculous promise sets Mary apart from the rest. What does waiting in hope look like? The Litany of Patience offers me inspiration and compliments the readings for today.

This prayer, written by Christine Jaloway, is modeled after the more-famous-and-equally-powerful Litany of Humility. In the prayer, I ask God to free me from the desire to live on my own timeline. I ask for God to free me from impatience with His plan for my life. I ask God to remind me to wait upon His Word before making important decisions and to maintain an eternal perspective in all that I do. I’m not perfect, but I am trying to wait in hope and trust that each curve of this winding path is part of God’s plan for me. I pray that you wait in hope for the Lord today.

By Audrey Immonen
Science Teacher