Advent is a Season of Longing: A homily for the 1st Sunday of Advent (A)

Advent is about longing….

Many of us have had that experience of wanting something SO BADLY…..a coffee, a steak (some people), the longing for someone to win, etc etc etc  …. We all have longings – and our blood pressure goes up, we get excited, etc

All those longings above are nothing compared to the longing we’re meant to have for Jesus. …. we must long for Jesus more than anything

The Church Fathers talk about how prayer is more than anything about a LONGNIG within – not so much words, but an inner longing….Amy grant understood that well when  she wrote this

Better Than A Hallelujah

God loves a lullaby
In a mothers tears in the dead of night
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes.
God loves a drunkards cry,
The soldiers plea not to let him die
Better than a Hallelujah sometimes.
We pour out our miseries
God just hears a melody
Beautiful the mess we are
The honest cries of breaking hearts
Are better than a Hallelujah.
The woman holding on for life,
The dying man giving up the fight
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes
The tears of shame for what’s been done,
The silence when the words won’t come
Are better than a Hallelujah sometimes.

Let’s stir up our inner longing this Advent…for the Lord