Even those of us who are Saturday writers* are RARELY just getting started when we come to the party, but especially at this time of year. This time of year we have been going non-stop for several weeks and the sermon-writing, worship-planning schedule is full. So, instead of a rip-roaring, horns and loud music party, I'm thinking maybe a calmer, candles and intimate conversation party is right for today. (But if I'm totally off base, feel free to pump up the volume.)
This year I've been turn to the O Antiphons more than ever before. I have found them to give words to my longings in a year that I have a lot of longings for the world. Today's "O" is this:
O King/Ruler of the nations,
The ruler they all long for, the cornerstone uniting all people:
Come and save us all, whom You formed out of clay.I love that image of unity as we gather in this place to work together on the task of preaching and leading others. May it strengthen us for the day(s) ahead. It is truly a blessing to me that we are united in this gospel ministry, and I look forward to hearing from my sisters and brothers today!
*If you need a good distraction, as we all seem to like, check out the Ask the Matriarch discussion from Thursday. Thanks for getting that started, earthchick. I didn't chime in there, but I might include my own thoughts below.)