Pausing for Advent?
"Reign of Christ" or "Christ the King" Sunday, Nov. 24, 2019, begins the Season of Holy Time in the Church Year. It's a time when, if the world doesn't take pause, we, who follow Christ (and are not afraid to say His name) do... or, at least, can--if we want to pause in an increasingly secular and superficial world.
Where is the place you stop to think about what matters most? For that matter, where is the place you feel free and welcome...to cry? Advent, in the Church, is that kind of place and that kind of time: and, maybe, that's what makes it Holy (as opposed to Ordinary) because, in Advent, we're invited to slow down (how counter-cultural); look up (stars not only sing, they make 'silent' announcements, to the wise who notice them); remember (who it is that created stars); and praise (the One who comes in the most unlikely of places--a virgin's womb; a Bethlehem cave).
I don't know about you, but I need a time and place to remember things like that; and the Church (and every church) should be a place that gives us a gift like that.Texas poet Naomi Shihab Nye put it this way in one of her early poems from her first book of poems, "Different Ways to Pray" when she wrote a poem that could have been, in my view, about Seasons like Advent: