December 1, 2013 │ 1st Sunday of Advent
Mary’s Journey of Faith
Hail Mary, Mother of Jesus! We turn to Mary now in these days of Advent as we prepare to celebrate again the powerful presence of Christ in the world. We prepare for the Feast of Christmas. God can see into our hearts and know our innermost thoughts. God is with us in the busy-ness of our lives, when we race from this to that, barely having time to think. And God is also with us when we are alone, unhurried, or even bored and lonely.
With Mary during Advent this year, we will gradually become more and more aware of God, present in our lives. Like Mary did, we will realize that Christ is within us. Christ is with us. Christ is all around us.
We humans desire the warmth of God’s love, the comfort of being near to the one who makes us. We search for the Light of faith, for wisdom in troubling times and for gratitude in good times. During Advent this year, we will allow those desires to well up and fill us, just as Mary did. We will allow Mary to walk with us and to wait with us for Christmas.
Share with others or ponder alone
What is the deepest desire of your own heart? For what do you pine and long?
Begin Advent by writing a short “love note” to someone near to you.
Prayer for today
Come, O come, Lord Jesus. I know you are with me and I welcome you into my life. May we grow more deeply connected during this Advent. Amen.
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Author: Bill Huebsch