What time is it? It’s Advent time. “Time to wake from sleep.” (Romans 13:11-14) November-December is the Church’s liturgical season time. It is a special time for hope and joy. It’s a time for looking back to the prophets of old, to the time of the birth of Christ Jesus, to our own time today and toward the end of time. The Jewish prophets and people longed for a Messiah to be their saviour, so turbulent was the time of their deportation, exile and destruction.
“...a voice cries out in the wilderness, prepare the Way of the Lord....” (Isaiah 40:3-5) John the Baptist, the New Testament prophet, announces the coming of a Saviour.
Mary, said, “Yes” to Christ’s coming to her. She listened to God’s inspiration in her heart, treasured it, and “the Word became flesh” in history (Luke 2:1-14; Jn.1:14-15). In “The Hail Mary” we pray: “Blessed are you among woman.” Jesus invites everyone to follow him and to be blessed when he says: “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and keep it.” (Luke 11:27-28). The Word of God is active and alive when we listen to God’s Spirit and follow it. Jesus was led by the Spirit to proclaim the Good News for all without exception. We are challenged today to do likewise.
Advent time is the time to be wide awake, to welcome Christ to be born again in our time, to be Christ for others and to proclaim that God is alive yesterday, today and forever. “No one has ever seen God. It is God the only Son who is close to the Father’s heart, who has made him known.”(John 1:18)
- There are many ordinary ways that God’s Spirit is guiding me and others to fullness of life. Name a few of the ways.
- Since God’s desire is for our happiness, when I become aware of this Good News, not only am I able to treasure it like Mary and allow Christ to be born again, I am also ready to share it with others. When have I noticed this?
- To be Good News for others can be challenging. Name some of the possible challenges that you may experience.
“Come Lord Jesus Come!”(Rev. 22:20)
Mary Fatta CSJ