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watching and waiting

Advent is a season of watching and waiting. We watch and wait with John the Bpatist, Zechariah and principally Mary.

This speaks to me of contemplation. The goal of contemplative prayer is to make us present to the moment where we can encounter Christ. In fact it’s the only locus we can encounter Christ. Christ has come, and Christ will come again – the two great themes of Advent – but we need to watch and wait and encounter Christ in the present, in the NOW.

We are too often asleep, walking around in a daze, perhaps too stimulated to delight in the ordinary (HT R Rohr) and so we are not awake to Christ in the present.

Contemplative prayer should help us to watch and wait.


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