“Life in a prison cell may well be compared to Advent. One waits, hopes, and does this, that, or the other—things that are of no real consequence—the door is shut, and can be opened only from the outside.” (Letters from Prison) The door of Advent opens later this week on Christmas Day but what is revealed when the door is opened? Not what do we see from the inside but what will the door opener see?
What I hope is seen in me is a person better able to love. Better able to love the Lord my God with all my heart and soul and mind and my neighbour as myself (including the corollary to love myself). But how is that actually possible? I know me, you know yourself, we both know we are not perfect in our ability to love. What good news, what Gospel, to read in Luke 1:37 “For nothing will be impossible with God.” (NRSV) It isn’t only the barrenness of old women which becomes possible. If nothing is impossible with God then it is possible for me to grow in love and doing that is doing all that is needed.