Advent and Divine Patience

Since we have the time–too much, thick and turbid

Like December sap crawling through a spruce–

We might as well make a list of waiting

And pretend there’s a point to this long queue

Barely moving, from which we can’t step out:

Adam for a mate; Noah in his arc;

Joseph for his father; the entire house

Of Israel, deserted, without hearth

Or home for forty lost years; the prophets

Proven right, uprooted in Babylon;

Generations passing in disquiet,

Anxious for the Messiah’s mighty arm.

But all these years less than one minute form

In the eons God waited to be born.

Greg Kennedy, SJ is assigned to the spiritual exercises ministry at the Ignatius Jesuit Centre in Guelph, Ontario.

  • Peter Bisson, SJ
    Posted at 01:24h, 28 November Reply

    Thank you Greg!

  • Robert Czerny
    Posted at 09:28h, 28 November Reply

    very thoughtful and evocative!

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