“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!