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Advent – Thursday, Second Week

December 12, 2019

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Scripture for Today

In this time of Advent, as we wait for Christmas to arrive, we are bombarded by worry and excitement for this wonderful day to arrive. We await the day we receive presents, spend time with family, go to Christmas masses and eat wonderful food. CaminoMaryAlone3BestBut is that all we are waiting for? As a child I always waited to open my presents at the first hour on Christmas day, as a college student I always waited for the much-needed winter break to rest from the stress of classes, as a working member of society, I now await the one or two days rest to see family and see my siblings excited to open presents, and as a parish staff I also cannot wait for all the stress of the days leading up to the Christmas celebrations to be over. There’s a lot to wait and look forward to in this Advent season.

But again, what are we waiting for? Why is Advent a season of waiting prayerfullyCaminoMaryAlone2 for a wreath to have all four candles lit? We are waiting for the birth of Jesus! It seems like a duh moment, but in this time and age, the arrival of our savior seems to be celebrated only at the hour-long mass celebration and not during the whole day or the rest of the year. Using the reading today, we can connect more to the humanness of what it felt like to wait for baby Jesus to be born through Mary. The readings talk about God coming out of his Holy dwelling to be with us here on earth, to bring us salvation and to be with us in person. These promises alone should bring us great joy and hope, but sometimes it is hard to feel that when we know the end of the story, or we take it for granted.

CaminoMaryAlone4Another way to help with the waiting in Advent is through the eyes of an expectant mother. Here we have Mary, an expectant mother waiting for her child to come to into her life. I have no children of my own, but being the oldest of five children allowed me to experience the process of waiting for a newborn to arrive home. We prepare the home carefully, we talk about how being older brothers or sisters will change our character and our personality, it grows in us a feeling of becoming more responsible, and to set a good example. For parents it makes them be more protective of the vulnerable, to work harder to provide a good life for their child, to find a way to teach their child the ways of the world so that once they are grown up, they can take care of themselves.

If we look at the birth of Jesus through the eyes of an expectant mother or theCamino-MaryAlone family of the expectant mother, then when Christmas arrives we will be filled with a renowned sense of responsibility, protectiveness, and care for the vulnerable around us.  We can make commitments to become better examples of the good and to teach others how to good in the eyes of God to create a safer place for those that are vulnerable. Once the baby is born, we don’t forget about how it changes us, sure we might fail here and there, but when we look at the child growing, we are aware of its presence in our lives every day, and so we find the strength inside us to recommit to our promises to assist the newborn child in this world.  The birth of Jesus is the miracle of human birth, a new life being born into the world that brings with it the birth of light, truth, joy, and salvation into our lives not just on Christmas day, but for every day after that.

To be in prayer with Mary on this day as she expectantly awaits the birth of her child, I invite you to pray a Hail Mary to her and for all the mothers in the world:

Hail Mary, full of grace the Lord is with thee, blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinner now and at the hour of our death.

Ruth Lopez-Perez

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Some material on this site is adapted from Daily Prayer, Daily Bread, published by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Medaille in 2004, and is used with the permission of the Editor and Project Director, Eleanor Bernstein CSJ.

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