Noticing What Is Absent

Sr. Janet Hockman in Nepal
Sr. Janet Hockman in Nepal

The Maryknoll Office of Global Concerns has some nice Advent reflections written by their missioners around the world.

Here’s an excerpt written by Sr. Janet Hockman who currently serves in Kathmandu, Nepal.

As Advent begins, Jeremiah sets a stance for us – SEE! BEHOLD! Look and be attentive … It takes time, it means intent. Who of us also remembers to notice what is missing, what is absent as well as what is before us? Noticing something missing is an awareness of things known, things dreamed of, or hoped for, or promised.

Jeremiah names for us things so longed for: fulfilled promises, honesty, integrity, being saved, and dwelling in confidence. These things are of God. They are not new; they have been God-promised and hoped for throughout all of history.

For Nepal, as a country, they were expected from de-throned royalty, awaited in a new Prime Minister, and intended to be written into a first constitution. The absences leave the state of insecurity and continued wondering about the possibility of peace.

Read the whole post at 11-29-09-1st-Sunday-Advent.

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