A great monastery had diminished. A Rabbi used a cell, close by the monastery, his presence was detected by the monks. The Abbott seeked out his advice. People had lost faith in God; what were they to do? His advice: the Messiah is one of the monks. The monks behaviour towards each other changed; one of extraordinary respect. People came for quiet picnics on the grounds. The new atmosphere of respect was detected by them. It was compelling. More people came. Some wanted to join the order. Soon, the monastery was thriving again, a beacon of Peace, Love and Hope.
Jesus, the Messiah is in each and every one of us, through our baptism. We now prepare for the celebration of Jesus’ birth, in the midst of this pandemic. We must slow down, be patient. Advent will bring us closer to God, bring us to a fuller union with God. God wants a personal relationship with each and every one of us. May his spirit grow within each of us this Advent.