Locked in a stifling-hot prison cell, Saint John of the Cross produced “The Spiritual Canticle,” an exquisite poem of divine praise. It wasn’t that John was exempt from suffering. On the contrary, says Thomas Merton about his favorite saint, “For the saint, suffering continues to be suffering, but it ceases to be an obstacle to his mission, or to his happiness, both of which are found positively and concretely in the will of God.” Another Saint John—the Baptist—also kept sight of his divine mission during his painful imprisonment. Advent represents a time when we, too, are in captivity. The wait for our salvation can be excruciating. Follow the way of saints and focus on your mission—to love and serve the Lord.
Isaiah 48:17-19; Matthew 11:16-19 (185).
"To what shall I compare this generation?”