The late Jesuit Daniel Berrigan wrote in his poem
“So let us enter Advent in hope,
even hope against hope. Let us see visions of love and peace and justice.”
Why do any of us commit to mission, especially when the world so often seems to be working against any good news and vision of justice? I have been asking that question as our new lay missioners prepared for this week of covenant and sending. Our conversations and shared reflections often reminded me that there is an urgent desire among us to birth a different world.
It seems we know something of God’s dream for us, God’s promise, through the longing of our hearts and through graced encounters with each other. As with Mary and her “yes,” God transforms our hearts and calls us to a vision of love and justice and peace until it permeates everything we do.
We believe in a God of unconditional and transforming love, who has given us covenant and promise as words to live by that we might make the promise manifest through our lives.
In this second week of Advent, we invite you to join us in
celebrating our new lay missioners
. I encourage you to listen to the reflections of
Brenda, Gary, Jill and Julie
, who trust in the slow, patient process of allowing God’s presence to form us. As they covenant their commitment and we send them to Kenya, Haiti and Cambodia, may we open our whole selves to the prophets’ words inviting all of us to carry God’s promise wherever we go.
And in our collective yes, perhaps we can indeed hope against hope that one day we will live into God’s vision of love and peace and justice.