O Radiant Dawn
Splendor of Eternal Light, Sun of Justice,
Advent is one of my favorite liturgical seasons. The readings at the Eucharist and our Morning and Evening Prayer speak of longing, hope, joy, justice, and peace. It is a time to remember Christ’s coming in the past, Christ’s coming in our daily lives, and his return in glory.
Then there will be a new heaven and a new earth…no more sadness or pain. The night will be no more. There will be no need for lamps or the sun, for the Lord God shall give them light, and they shall reign forever. (Revelation: 21, 22)
Each day we are called to be co-creators of that kingdom in our daily lives through love, faithfulness, passion for life, passion for God, outreach to others, care for the earth, growth in wholeness and holiness. How awesome and challenging is this call.
Come, Lord Jesus, come, empower us to be your hands and hearts for our world.
I took this picture when I was in Tanzania, Africa. Through a grant from AIM (Alliance for International Monasticism) I taught English and group Lectio Divinato the African Benedictine Sisters of Our Lady Help of Christians. They taught me adeeper sense of simplicity, joy, celebration, hospitality, l ove of God, and theuniversalism of the Rule of St. Benedict.
Sister Jeanne Ann Weber
Sister Jeanne Ann Weber is Director of Liturgy. She has experience as a teacher, advocate for women and children, giving retreats and spiritual direction. She is a member of the Shalom Spiritual Direction Training Program at the Monastery.See all of Sister Jeanne Ann’s posts.