Jesus Is Coming – Did You Hear the News by Paula Mitchell


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Stained glass Nativity - Did you hear the news

This morning’s post in the series Jesus Is Coming What Do We Expect comes from Paula Mitchell. Paula is the founder of Doorways Ministries, providing days of prayer, longer Ignatian retreats, and a 9 month Spiritual Exercises Program as a way of deepening our lives with Christ.  Paula lives in Redmond with her husband Jim.  She is a spiritual director who teaches on prayer, leads retreats, and writes about Ignatian spirituality, spiritual formation, and prayer.

For a sneak preview of some of the other upcoming posts check out the links on the Advent synchroblog site:

Advent synchroblog link list part 1 

Advent Synchroblog second link list 

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Paula Mitchell

Paula Mitchell

Did you hear the news?

Jesus is coming…

coming to visit us–

coming to bring new life–

to illuminate the darkness with light.

 

Fear not, Gabriel tells Mary

I bring tidings of great joy

for the Lord is with you

you will conceive and bear a son.

He shall be named Jesus

Son of the Most High

He will sit on the throne of David

and reign forever and ever.

 

Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace to all of good will.

 

Have you heard the Good News?

Because of the tender mercy of our God

Jesus, the light of the world

Is coming….

To shine on those who lie in darkness

and the shadow of death.

Coming to bring

light, life, and freedom

to dispel the darkness of night

and guide our feet on the path of peace.

 

Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace to all of good will.

 

You ask how do I expect Jesus to come?

Long ago I thought he would come

In power and glory

Christ the King

Shining like the stars

full of majesty and grandeur, strong and mighty.

 

But I’m not so sure anymore…

Maybe He comes in the poor…the humble…the weak

those who are simple and childlike.

Maybe He comes in the garb of poverty and weakness

in those who have no voice, who are the victims of injustice,

neither strong nor powerful.

Maybe He comes in the stranger and the outcast,

the poor and lame, the blind and sick,

the ones who know they have nothing on earth but Him…

whose emptiness makes room for new life–His life.

 

Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace to all of good will.

 

Did you hear?

Jesus is coming…

He comes every day everywhere

in each person we meet.

If we have eyes to see, ears to hear, a heart wide open

to recognize who and whose they are…

Children of God

Made in His image

Shining Stars

Radiant in His light

 

Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace to all of good will.

 

Jesus is coming today

in you and in me

when we

shine like stars

illuminating the darkness

with the radiance of Christ

the light of the world

for the life of the world.

 

Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace to all of good will.

 

Jesus is coming today

in our friends and our enemies,

in the outcast and the stranger

in every person everywhere…

Are you ready? Expectant? Available?

He doesn’t ask for much…

maybe a smile, a hug, a small act of kindness

perhaps your time, energy, resources

Let’s ask that we will be ready

that we won’t miss His coming

if He comes in ways we don’t expect.

 

He likes to do that you know.

That’s what happened to the Scribes and Pharisees

they missed the miracle

they missed the light of the world

Jesus whose radiance is brighter than the brightest star

who comes to illuminate the darkness and bring

Light Life Peace

Love Joy Hope

to you and to me

to every person everywhere

now and always.

 

Glory to God in the Highest and on earth peace to all of good will.

 

 

 

 

5 Responses

  1. Beautiful. Thank you.

  2. thank you for expressing the gift of God so beautifully
    may all beings say “yes”

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