Today we begin the first week of Advent waiting in hope. We emulate Mary and ponder all of these things in our heart as we wait for the coming of Jesus in birth and death. In the Sunday scripture, Jesus warns us by saying to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert! You do not know when the time will come.” Ironically, this morning my husband received a call from a coworker telling him that on Thanksgiving Day his wife forty years old dropped dead. No warning, catching them off guard in complete surprise. When my husband asked how his two daughters were handling it, he replied, that they were basket cases. Of course, they are they weren’t ready? How fitting is this account to the scriptures? We do not know the time, the day or the hour. Are we ready? The second coming of Jesus most likely will be at the hour of our death. No wonder His warning is stern that we better we watchful, ready and waiting.
Advent is also a time of preparation for His birth, waiting and being filled with hope that Jesus’ saves. Imagine Mary at the Annunciation. Every Jewish girl and woman wanted to be the “chosen one” to carry Jesus. They waited generation after generation for the announcement. What might Mary have thought when the angel appeared to her? It’s no wonder her response was, “how can this be that the angel of my Lord should appear to me a virgin?” (Luke 1:34) She was caught off guard too, surprised that a young girl of twelve – fourteen years old would be “the one.” What might she have been experiencing as the Holy Spirit took charge of her physical body to become a living tabernacle? And how did Jesus in her womb affect her family, friends and neighbors by her presence? Did he transform people from the womb? Remember John the baptist? (Luke 1:45) “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Think about this, every time you go to church to worship and you receive Christ in the Eucharist like Mary you become the living tabernacle carrying Jesus into the world. How will you affect those you encounter in your families, friends, co-workers and neighbors?
May this Advent, be for you, a time of pondering all that you have learnt about Christ. May you prepare yourself to be ready by making room in your schedules to visit confession and go to holy mass. May you watch and wait with the anticipated hope that