“A shoot shall come out of from the stump of Jesse, and a branch shall grow out of his roots.”
The season of Advent marks the beginning of a new liturgical year for the Church.
And this season is my favorite.
For the past few years, I’ve meditated on a painting by Sister Ansgar Holmberg, CSJ
"O Root." (See it below.) It reminds me that Christ came to earth as a child. Even as Savior and Messiah, he is still borne up in the hands of his mother, Mary. It reminds me of my responsi- bility to help the children around me to grow in God’s grace and favor.
Advent is a time filled with promise, preparation and expectation. No one models these hopes better than children. During his ministry, Jesus would tell the gathered crowd that unless they became like children, they would not enter the Kingdom of Heaven.
The wonderful mystery of Advent is its reminder that God is already with us at every moment, particularly in the children among us. This Ad- vent, I invite you to join me in meditating on this painting. Share it with the children in your life and allow God to speak through them. May their wisdom help us to discover the hope, peace, joy and love of the One whose presence is always with us.
Wishing you a holy and blessed Advent!
Blessings to you,