Today’s first reading from Isaiah resonates with us in this Advent season. Within our darkest nights, parched with thirst, we wait for God to take away our suffering and our longing. St. John of the Cross, whose feast is today (and who received his formal education from the Jesuits), experienced many terrible, dark nights where he felt distant from God. Like him, may we see beyond our pain and hurt that can blind us to the lavish gifts, abundant blessings, and infinite surprises God bestows on us.

God will not forsake us. Life-giving water is everywhere; lush, verdant plantings already in bloom. If only we have the eyes to see and the ears to hear. Do we?

—Michael Sarafolean is an Ignatian Associate in St. Paul, MN, and a member of Saint Thomas More Catholic Community, the Jesuit parish of the Twin Cities.






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