Saturday, December 1, 2007

A Season of Grace

The Annunciation

As you know, tomorrow, December 2, is the First Sunday of Advent, that wonderful season of grace, a season that provides us with the gift of time to prepare our hearts in a new way for the Lord’s coming. Jesus has already come – in history. Each day He comes to us in mystery, especially as we receive Him in the Eucharist. And at the end of our lives and at the end of this age, He will come in great Majesty! Are we prepared to receive Him?

Recently I thought of Advent as a time to celebrate Our Blessed Mothers’ pregnancy! During that hidden time, she pondered in her heart the events that had transpired at the Annunciation. She was a woman of deep prayer and union with God, and wonderful things were happening in her as Jesus, through the power of the Holy Spirit, was implanted in her virginal womb and began to grow there! How marvelous to think about that! She prepared for his coming as expectant mothers do and continued to be open to God’s plan, especially as he called her and St. Joseph to travel to Bethlehem where Jesus was born.

Like our Blessed Mother let us decide to spend more time in prayer this Advent. Let us ponder in our hearts the great mystery of the Incarnation and the reality that Jesus took on our human nature in order to redeem us. Advent is a time to ask the Holy Spirit to shed light on what it is we need to do to allow Jesus to be implanted more deeply in our hearts. This is a season of many graces so let us ask Mary to walk with us and show us her way. Here are some links that might be helpful in finding tangible ways to celebrate this season of grace.

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