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Something to think and pray about this week
There is no better Advent companion than Mary. The first Advent touched her most deeply. Her time of Advent was longer than ours. Her ‘holy waiting’ lasted nine months until her promised son saw the light of day. We can learn from her.
Everything in her life centres on this child. She is totally self-forgetful. She grasps in some deep way that the God of majesty, known through mighty deeds on Sinai and in the Exodus from Egypt, is coming into her world. The God who created the world in all its beauty, the God who met Moses in the burning bush, the God who swore everlasting love to his people, this God is coming to birth in her. As she makes a meal, trims a lamp and prepares baby-clothes, she knows that something much bigger is going on which gives all these actions new meaning. There is a new horizon to her life. The sequence of days is no longer aimless. It has a purpose, a divine purpose. Every day brings God closer. The future, she sees, IS God, present among us!
She is open to surprise. That God should ask her - of all people - to bear the Son of God! That from now on people would find themselves bumping into God when they ran into Jesus! She wonders how they will respond. Will they take the child to their hearts?
All human hopes are dashed: she waits silently at the Cross for she knows not what. But what is given is the ultimate surprise of God; her son’s rising from the dead.