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7th Week of Advent
“the time came for her have her child” (Luke 2:6)
For the past 27 days you have come to know Mary as the Theotokos. You have journeyed the emotional roller coaster with her and the pilgrimage has led you to Mary’s triumphant moment of physical surrender.
You have listened to her questions. You have tasted her love for God. You have savored His presence in her womb.
For the past four weeks you have come to know her true identity.
These are not simple words anymore, these are springboards that plunge you into the heart of a woman who danced with God—forever.
Now, she is in labor.
To the naked eye, one could think that Mary’s delivery will empty her womb of the child within. However, to you who have been on retreat with her, you know that the child’s birth into the world will simply be an echo of praise birthed from the perpetual emptiness that will always remain.
There, in the stillness of simplicity, Mary waits.
And, with the manger’s animals attentive in intrigue, the time comes ... Mary’s labor pushes forward ... Joseph clutches her hand ... heaven leans in ... with Mary’s soul singing her refrain of praise ... she gasps for one last breath ... your eyes widen ... your heart quickens ... the baby is seconds away .... and ...
FOR YOUR PRAYER
Use your spiritual senses and imaginatively pray with Mary and Joseph in Luke 2:6.
“Father, I ask for the grace today to taste profound depth of your joy for me. Inflame my desire for you so that my Christmas may be filled with your joy.”