Awaiting The One Who Cures And Feeds
Advent means “coming” in Latin and the season is packed with biblical stories and imageries associated with preparation and provision. Take a moment to read Matthew 15:29-39, a lesson about Jesus curing many people and feeding the four thousand. Jesus, the fully divine and fully human incarnation of God, entered the heart of a hurting and hungry world at Christmas. Long ago, a broken, sinful, divided, and hopeful world awaited One who might cure and feed.
More than ever, the people of God desperately longed for an earthly presence of the unconditionally loving God about which they had heard from the prophets. They expected One who would be both the Messiah (Savior) and Christ, the Prince of Peace, to rule as a compassionate, just, and healing Lord over the promised kingdom of God on earth as in heaven.
Fast forward to an unbelievable 2020. Albeit commonly requested to be patient, many are praying for One who will cure and feed themselves and any who suffer in heart, body, and mind. Henri Nouwen (in Out of Solitude) reflects on the root of patience: French author Simone Weil writes: “Waiting patiently in expectation is the foundation of the spiritual life.” Without patience our expectation degenerates into wishful thinking. Patience comes from the word “patior” which means “to suffer.”…What seems a hindrance becomes a way; what seems an obstacle becomes a door; what seems a misfit becomes a cornerstone.
May this Advent, writ large with the COVID-19 pandemic and all that is required to navigate it, become a time for the Church, the body of Christ, to pray the Lord’s Prayer with conviction: “your kingdom come, your will be done.” By listening closely to our words, opening ourselves to a vulnerability that leads to transformation, and doing new things for the good of the human family and ourselves, the One for whom we wait will come more quickly that we could imagine. The One who cures and feeds will arrive and already knows our journeys well.
– The Rev. Ollie V. Rencher, Rector
VIDEO of December 2 Advent Reflection by the Rev. Ollie V. Rencher
with Music for Meditation. Reflection based on Matthew 15:29-39