Psalm 148, 149, 150
2 Peter 3:11–18
Nevertheless, we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth in which righteousness dwells. 2 Peter 3:13
The call for inner transformation to a new level of individual human consciousness is heard in the voice of Christ during the Advent season. The wisdom of Christ is seen in the parable of Matthew 25 that talks of the wise and foolish bridesmaids. The story talks of a wedding feast and ten bridesmaids waiting for their bridegroom. When his arrival is delayed, the wise bridesmaids prepare themselves by ensuring they have oil for their lamps, the foolish bridesmaids do not. Like most parables, this story has a deeper meaning one dealing with enlightenment or the “lumen superius” so named by St. Bonaventure. Why did they not share the oil? Enlightenment evolves as part of our own spiritual commitment, not easily shared and useful only when you are ready to receive it.
The inner transformation of your own spiritual vineyard (Isaiah 5:1-7) will take a lot of work and cultivation. If driven by ego our lives become a vineyard of wild grapes and lack integrity of purpose and meaning. We must pursue a mindful approach to our life that leaves no chance of being left behind when it comes time to be a true witness to Christ. We must believe that we are part of the birth of a new heaven and earth that we envision and co-create. Advent is a season dedicated to the transcendent energy of the love of God becoming Christ becoming the Holy Spirit, shared with us in the eternal circle of renewal, transformation and ultimate peace.
- Kathryn Tulip