Saturday, December 22, 2012

Advent Calendar - December 22, 2012

Luke 1:38-56

Reflection by Sister Jolinda Naas
Monastery Services, Switchboard

Mary said, “I am the handmaid of the Lord. Let what you have said be done to me.” (Luke 1:38) Did she really know what this meant? She trusted God because she was not in control. Waiting open-endedly is a radical attitude toward life. That is a radical stance in a world preoccupied with control.

One of the most beautiful passages in Scripture – Luke 1:39-56 – tells of Mary’s visit to Elizabeth and their waiting together. They enabled each other through the wait. They created space for each other to wait. They knew something precious was about to happen and it was worth waiting for. This is a model for a Christian community, a community of support, celebration, and affirmation. From this visit we have received the beautiful Liturgical Prayer, “The Magnificat.”

This waiting is waiting with a sense of promise. A waiting person is a patient person. Patience means the willingness to stay where we are with a situation. Patient living means living in the present. Waiting is a waiting together.

Are we waiting with patience?

Are we enabling others as we wait for the Promised One?

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