Look, our Savior has come!

by Melodius Monk

“Come Lord Jesus,” the Advent mantra, (today fulfilled!) means that all of Christian history has to live out a kind of deliberate emptiness, a kind of chosen non-fulfillment. Perfect fullness is always to come, and we do not need to demand it now. This keeps the field of life wide open and especially open to grace and to a future created by God rather than ourselves.

“Come, Lord Jesus” is a leap into the kind of freedom and surrender that is rightly called the virtue of hope. The theological virtue of hope is the patient and trustful willingness to live without closure, without resolution, and still be content and even happy because our satisfaction is now at another level, and our Source is beyond ourselves.  …”Come, Lord Jesus” is not a cry of desperation but an assured shout of cosmic hope.                                                           Fr. Richard Rohr, OFM

In creation, God saw everything that he had made, and indeed, it was very good. Today we celebrate the mystery of this “cosmic hope,” refreshing the inner longing that through the paschal mystery, we are made “good” again.  Let us not be caught too tightly in our earthly longings for this day, but rather remember that our true satisfaction lies in bowing to our creator who comes again this celebrated morning.  Wishing a Blessed Christmas to all!

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About Melodius Monk

I'm 30 years old, and I grew up at the Community of Jesus. My parents moved from Ohio to live at the Community two years before I was born, so with the exception of a few years at college, I’ve lived in the Community my whole life. I became a Novice Brother in 2003, and made my profession as a brother in 2005. Currently I have a pretty varied life as a brother. In addition to daily responsibilities in our liturgies, I cook, sing, play trumpet, and am responsible for various cleaning and maintenance needs in the church building (my favorite jobs is changing the light bulbs at 45 feet!) I also arrange transportation for brothers to various appointments, work on repairing musical instruments, clean the barn, give tours of the church, make the weekly food menu for the Friary, and help out with various other needs as they arise around the Community. Growing up, I was not particularly interested in the religious life, but I met Jesus at an inter-varsity fellowship meeting my second year in college, and that re-directed my life drastically. I feel very fortunate to have found my life’s calling, and the hope for more wholeness is what keeps me on my monastic journey on difficult days.

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