Advent 2016

Fourth Tuesday in Advent - December 20th

Is 7: 10-14 // Ps 24: 1-6 //Lk 1: 26-38

“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Are there any more inspiring words; words that capture our personal faith imagination beyond what seems possible?

Salvation history takes a giant leap forward with the miraculous conception of Jesus in the womb of Mary. God’s promises continue to be fulfilled in the Son of the Most High. But this peasant girl? Why She?

Mary may be a peasant but she is not uninformed. She knows this is a humanly impossible situation. “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?” she asks. It seems to me that Mary is not doubtful, but rather in awe. Her response is an immediate affirmation of her faith – of her trust: “May it be done to me according to your word.”

The choice of Mary as our Mother points out the great imagination and ongoing invitation of our God who is actively engaged in our lives and in our world. The Pastor Ian Oliver wrote: “If God can lie down in a cattle trough, is any object safe from transformation? If peasant girls can be mothers to God, is any life safe from the invasion of the eternal?” What a promise and what a warning!

Am I open to the invasion of the eternal? On this Advent night as I sit in waiting, as I pray my office, as I prepare for the duties of the next day, do I invite our God to penetrate my heart?  Am I open to the wildly unexpected that might be required of me? 

May our souls proclaim the greatness of our God.

Fr. Joseph Murray, OSA
Campus Ministry