Advent 2015

Fourth Sunday in Advent - December 20th

Mi 5: 1-4a / Ps 80: 2-3. 15-16, 18-19 /
Heb 10: 5-10 / Lk 1: 39-45

At this time of holiday gift-giving, I wish for three gifts: the faith of Mary, wisdom of Elizabeth and persistence of Monica as these remarkable women held the keys to eternal life in the Lord’s kingdom.  Yet, though they appear to us as saintly beings chosen by the Lord, they were ordinary women distinguished by the depth of their faith and willingness to hear and obey the voice of the Lord.  Beyond faith, wisdom and persistence perhaps the greatest gift I might receive from these simple women is the ability to hear when the Lord speaks to me.

During a recent tour of several monasteries and convents, I was impressed by the power of a cloistered community where worship is unimpeded by the noise and frenzy of everyday life.  I imagined how sustained periods of quiet worship might deepen my own faith.  Mary, Elizabeth and Monica did not allow the noise of their lives to interrupt their worship and perhaps this allowed them to hear the voice of the Holy Spirit.  Built into our busy lives deep uninterrupted contemplation of our Lord might allow us to hear his word.  I wonder if he has been speaking to me and I have been too busy texting to hear him?

On this 20th day of December let us take time to quiet our minds and souls that we may receive the blessings of our Heavenly Father as we celebrate the birth of his son, our savior Jesus Christ.  For just a few minutes let us replace the carols with the words of Luke (1:38).  And then listen…

Alleluia.  Alleluia.
Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to his word.
Alleluia. Alleluia.

Deborah Tyksinski
College of Professional Studies