Sunday, December 23, 2012

Advent Calendar - December 23, 2012

Micah 5:1-4a; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45

Reflection by Sister Marilyn Market
Prayer Ministry

We find ourselves one week from Christmas standing at the door of the greatest story ever told. A very simple love story. But how did we get here? We have been so busy… and we still need to do more. Have we even thought about the real meaning of Christmas?

But, let’s not worry; we know God still loves us. He told us many times, “Don’t be afraid, peace be with you.” So let’s rest and listen to the readings for today.

Let’s push the door open further and listen with our hearts. We see two women attending to each other and marveling at the life in their wombs. In the meeting of the two women, generations meet. The older woman of autumn grace and the younger woman of salvation grace need each other. Both women are weavers of new life. All seems very ordinary. But what is God up to? Why does God choose the ordinary to be carriers of the Divine?

Whatever the case may be, God’s choices in today’s reading should encourage all of us. Salvation comes on a quiet street or a bustling apartment in a big city. It can happen to a shepherd, a mechanic repairing a car, a person attending to another’s needs, a young woman having a baby. What appears at first glance to be very ordinary is Divine!

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