14 days till the BIRTH of CHRIST,
and this is the 12th day of the ADVENT season.
“HO, HO, HO-ly God, We Praise Thy Name!”
Quote of the Day:
A lot of kneeling will keep you in good standing.
And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. (NAB Lk 1:46-49)
Do you remember watching your child accomplishing something special: scoring a goal, playing an instrument in a concert or recital, getting that ‘A’ in a class. or even earning their driver’s license. You are so happy and excited for them. Your love has transcended to others. Your joy has nothing to do with you, but for another.
This is exactly what Mary is experiencing at this moment. She is ‘with-child.’ Her baby is God! She is not excited about what she is doing: what her role in salvation history is to be for all mankind. She is excited that God is interacting with all mankind through her, a poor and humble girl of no stature in society.
God could have just appeared, with an army of angels, and ‘taken over’ the planet. Instead, God chose to work through the meek, mild, and nondescript people of society. This appears to be a theme in salvation history. God works in mysterious ways, and sometimes these ways are beyond reason or possibility – true miracles of faith. It is true the meek will inherent the earth: God’s meek and humble people.
Mary, being learned in OT literature, knows that this moment parallels 1 Sam 2:1-11: ‘The Song of Hannah”. I always find it so exciting to find ways the OT plays into the NT. ’Scripture -caching’ is my little word for hunting, and finding these similarities that renews the old into the new, such as this one.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #11:
Trusting the Father, Christ chose for Himself and His mother a poor and humble life, even though He valued created things attentively and lovingly. Let the Secular Franciscans seek a proper spirit of detachment from temporal goods by simplifying their own material needs. Let them be mindful that according to the gospel they are stewards of the goods received for the benefit of God’s children. Thus, in the spirit of the Beatitudes, and as pilgrims and strangers on their way to the home of the Father, they should strive to purify their hearts from every tendency and yearning for possession and power.