The anticipation of spring is turning into a reality. The sun is getting higher in the sky and the days are getting warmer. Flowers are beginning to poke through the soil, buds are starting to swell and the grass is greening. All these signs make me hopeful that spring has truly arrived and I’m excited to imagine the warm days of summer that lie ahead.
As we continue to anticipate the fully blooming of spring, there’s this “in between” time in which we live. It is time to clean-up winter’s aftermath and prepare for the arrival of new life.
We live our spiritual lives in this “in between” time. Like the promised spring and the coming summer, we live in anticipation of the new life promised by Christ. Christ has come, and he will come again. Jesus rose, and we will rise, too. Anticipation is a gift from God and our faith reaches for the fulfillment of the future.
As people of faith, still a-wash in Easter joy, we are called to be filled with hope and anticipation. Anticipation tells us that “the best is yet to be . . . and it is coming soon.” Anticipation allows us to live differently because that anticipation becomes the spark of life and a source of our joy.
As we continue to walk in the footsteps of Christ we are called to make space in ours heart and lives for the promised new life that is offered to us here and now as we anticipate Life Eternal!
Thank you to Jane Nuytten for the beautiful photo of
the new life that is being “anticipated “in her geraniums.
Sister Lisa Maurer
Sister Lisa Maurer was born and raised in Sleep Eye, Minnesota. Before entering the Monastery in 2007, she taught and coached in Catholic Schools within the New Ulm Diocese. Sister Lisa Made her Perpetual Monastic Profession in July ll, 2012. Her first ministry as a Benedictine Sister was working at the parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Joseph in Duluth. Currently she is Director of Mission Integration for the Benedictine Health System.