Tuesday of the 1st Week of Advent
How could Mary have had such astrong sense of the Justice which only God can establish? How could this rather simple woman, this young girl, have seen so deeply into the heart of God?
We know that Mary was deeply engaged with the Prophets of Israel. She knew full well that a shoot would indeed sprout from the House of David, bringing justice and peace, ending fear and hostility, and establishing love as the enduring force on earth. Mary did indeed understand that only God can transform us – and that she herself was being transformed even as she lived through her pregnancy.
We really need this good news, don’t we? We really need to believe with Mary that Justice will come. Justice in this sense means “making things right as God set them to be.” God desires
this for us humans, that we live according to the divine plan. We pray with Psalm 72, “Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever. ”
Share with others or ponder alone
How is God’s justice established through us humans? What
actions can we take to further this work?
Spend ten or fifteen minutes alone and in silence today. Ask
Mary to be with you, in her wisdom, in her closeness to Christ, and in her deep
belief that through us, God will bring Justice.
Prayer for today
Mary, Mother of Jesus, help me turn to God with hope and
faith. Help me feel the growing joy in my heart which you felt in yours. But at
the same time, help me live with “the burden” of knowing that bringing Christ
into the world today is my task and calling, just as it was yours. Amen.
Used with permission
Author: Bill Huebsch