Advent 2017

Feast of the Immactulate Conception  December 8th

Gn 3: 9-15, 20 / Ps 98: 1-4 / Eph 1: 3-6, 11-12 / Lk 1: 26-38

Immediate gratification: instant coffee, fast food, microwavable soup, internet connections…  It’s no secret that we are in an age that doesn’t exactly glorify the virtue of patience.  Waiting in line at the ATM, or in traffic, or at the check-out counter are not high on many people’s bucket list.  

Yet the season of Advent is a yearly reminder of the fact that those really important and significant things in life take time and are worth waiting for.  

Getting an education, learning a new sport or musical instrument as well as developing a deep interpersonal relationship occupy time and effort.  St Paul reminds us: God chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight!  As Mary, in Christ we have also been chosen, from the beginning of time.  God has a plan, we have a destiny we can choose to accept or not.  It is too easy to become annoyed and frustrated at God and/or ourselves: that the world is not as it “should” be, that we are not as holy as we want to be, that our relationships are not as deep and fulfilling as they are meant to be…   

God chose Mary before time began, trusted her – a simple girl from rural Nazareth, a humble village on the outskirts of the Roman empire – called her to be holy, to become more fully human, more fully alive.  Mary is what God wants for each and every human being.

The mystery we celebrate today is not of Mary alone: God rests his loving gaze on each one of us and all of us.  We too were chosen by God to live a holy life, fully alive.  Today we are invited to recognize, as daughters and sons of God, our truest destiny, our deepest vocation: to be loved, to be transformed by love, and in a very participative fashion called to share that love, to live that transformation, to give birth to Christ present in us and in our world.

Rev. Art Purcaro, OSA
Office for Mission and Ministry