A bishop’s word for Advent 2018

A bishop’s word for Advent 2018


Dear sisters and brothers in Christ,


To the Christian world, the Advent is a time of waiting for the fulfilment of God’s promise, the God’s promise of liberation from all kinds of evil is given to the people and realized through the people.


This same way as in the Old Testament, God is using and acting on at the dawn of the New Testament. The scene of the annunciation to Mary is presenting to us God’s promise and His way to fulfil that promise. The human kind shall and have its say in it.


God sends His angel to a young woman to propose to her His way of doing things. Every human being – man or woman, young or old – has his/her Free Will, so that each one may decide for him/her-self what and how they want things to be done. God is not imposing on us his Will, He presents it and waits for our answer. We choose for ourselves, what we want to get, where we want to get. It happens that this choice of ours isn’t quite good, but only then when we do it by ourselves without consulting and listening to God. It is not that when we decide alone, that God would act against us. It is just for the simple reason of our lack of knowledge and understanding. God knows and sees and understands much more than we do, and above all, He foresees much more than we are able to comprehend.


This is why it is so important to each one of us, especially young people, to consult and to listen carefully to God, what He has to say i.e. about arranging our future. This kind of consultation happens – as we believe – during our prayer. We acknowledge that “a prayer is a dialogue”, two persons talk to and with each other. Often, however, our prayer is like a monologue. We come to God – will it be in the church or at our home – say (even) beautiful words (like a poem) and then run to our matters. Seldom it happens that we give our time to God to listen to him. God is a person who listens to what we want to say, but He as well wants to say something to us in response to our words.


At the prayer time – talking with and listening to God – we come to know ourselves better. Getting into the depths of our hearts we discover feelings and emotions that are residing there. Often, we find there deeply hidden matters that nobody knows about them. God knows them all, and He knows us better than we do ourselves. Only when we give Him a chance, He will show us what and how and when to say or do so that it would be right.


Let us take the example of Mary, who listened to God, who asked questions, who analyzed God’s proposal and recognized that going God’s chosen way is the best for her to fulfil her own vocation and bring God’s promise of people’s liberation from evil to completion. God is always on our side, otherwise Jesus would never be born “like us”. Emmanuel means God is with us. Alleluia, Glory and Amen. 


+ Adam Musialek scj

 Bishop of De Aar Diocese




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