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I’m Waiting For The Lord

AdventSixteen years ago, an elderly nun died in Chicago on Sunday November 22, 1998.  With her precious bags filled with good works of a long life, she sped on her way to her heavenly reward.  RIP.  For some weeks before her death the nuns in her convent noticed Sister carrying an unlit candle wherever she went.  “Sister”, they said, “Why the candle?”  “I’m waiting for the Lord”, came back Sister’s simple reply.  A few hours before her death, the nuns looked into her room and found Sister sitting in her chair, still holding the candle.

The long awaited Christ came as a messenger of death for Sister.  At this Advent time, we want to imitate her spirit of anticipation, looking for the Lord, as messenger of life.  These days before Christmas, I’m going to light a candle and hold it in my hand for a while each day.  “I’m waiting for the Lord.”  Some may say, “This is all make-believe.  The Lord is already standing among us.  He is here now.”  A good observation, but at this time, we await His Coming into our hearts in a fuller measure than ever before.

St. Paul, (Romans 13: 14), tells us, “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ!”  Do we really believe that we have taken on the ideals of Christ as much as we can?  Has the Life of Jesus had full impact on our hearts?  Let us take some of His Words, “Learn of Me for I am meek and humble of heart.”  If frequent anger, harsh criticism of others, and anxieties fill our days, we are far from the humility of Christ.  Take another few Words, “Love one another as I have loved you!”  Very few followers of Christ love others in the spirit of His Love.

That’s why we await the Coming of the Lord.  We see the weaknesses in our lives, how far we are from His Ideals.  “Come, Lord Jesus”, we cry out in our utter weariness.  We want the Child of Bethlehem to come and possess our hearts as never before.  In years past, as I drove through my neighborhood in Evergreen Park, called the Village of Churches, I admired the outpouring of decorations on the homes, literally making them houses of lights in the heavy darkness.  My neighborhood people were searching desperately for the peace that only Jesus can bring.  By means of these colored lights on their homes, there were telling the Lord, “Yes, we believe in Your Coming!  Our homes and hearts are open to You and Your love.”

So, this Advent season – get our candles!  “I’m waiting for the Lord.”

Fr. George Mc Kenna

November 29, 2014 - Posted by | Bulletins | , , , , , ,


  1. Hi Fr. George! I’m sorry that I haven’t been writing to comment on your blog posts. I have been very sick with bronchitis. It is slowly getting better! I hope that you had a nice Thanksgiving and I will try to call you soon, once my voice gets better. I love this post of yours – we really do need to work at being more Christ-like. Just going to church or putting on a show for others is not good enough. We have to live the Word of Christ. You put it in such an eloquent and beautiful way. I recently read the 10 things that Pope Francis said to make yourself happy. Surprisingly, it was not ‘go to church’ or pray more – it was things like live and let live, be nice to people, open your heart to others, give up commercialism, help others, etc… Such wise words. I remember working with someone who was in the Communion line every Sunday – looking very pious – but was a terribly mean and cross person outside of Mass. What good is the Sunday showing of receiving the Eucharist when you are a terrible person the other 6+ days of the week!.

    I will call you early next week and we can have a good time catching up! Until then, may the Lord keep you safe and healthy. I pray for you every day!


    Comment by nancywest22 | November 30, 2014 | Reply

  2. I’ll try to rember to look for your helpful blogs I think that’s what they are called I’m not really computer literate so hope you get this from Peterborough UK Thank you very much

    Comment by Anonymous | November 30, 2014 | Reply

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