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Advent – a time to ‘ponder all these things in our hearts’.
December 12, 2007, 7:50 pm
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In those days Mary arose and went with hast into the hill country, to a city of Judah. Luke 1:39

After receiving the Angel’s message Mary set out on a three to four day journey to visit her cousin Elizabeth. We are not told whether relatives or friends accompanied her. Perhaps she traveled with a caravan heading towards Jerusalem. But if she was traveling in a group for all or part of the journey, we will assume that she was not doing a lot of talking.

Rather she had hours upon hours to ponder in her heart all that had happened to her and the message that had been delivered to her. In the quiet of her thoughts and prayers a stream of realization flowed swiftly, carrying her along, and almost overflowing its banks. Father Faber presents the scene: “Like a new pulse of impetuous gladness, the Babe in Mary’s Bosom drives her forth. With swift step, as if the precipitate gracefulness of her walk were the outward sign of her inward joy, and she were beating time with her body to the music that was so jubilant within….”

Advent is a time to rediscover the joy of Christ’s coming into the world as our Savior. Like Mary let us capture moments of interior silence (even in days filled with activity). Let us ponder these things in our hearts to once again rediscover their true meaning.

God gives us this time of Advent to participate in Mary’s joy – the joy she felt when she found herself expecting the long awaited Messiah. For we too are expecting His joy and a renewal of His love at Christmas. Advent is a time to rediscover the saving power of the infant Christ born so long ago in Bethlehem – a time to regroup within ourselves and rediscover His presence in our souls.

JUST 12 MORE PRAYING DAYS ‘TIL CHRIST’S BIRTH!


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