By: Sister Jeannine Marie, O.C.D.
During the Advent season we read of the visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth. “Mary rose and went with haste…” (Lk1:39). Our liturgy once again bids us to make haste. But like Mary, our preparation must not center on ourselves. Mary prepared for the coming of God by reaching out in charity. Advent is a time to reach out to others; to give of ourselves. In this way, we will prepare our hearts for His coming.
“For while all things were in quiet silence and the night was in the midst of her course, the almighty Word leapt down from heaven from the royal throne…” God comes in silence. So let us, as the Psalmist bids, “Open wide the gates, that the God of glory may come in.” (Ps. 124) Let us, during these last days before His coming, open wide the “stable” of our hearts. Let us prepare a place there for Him to be “born to us” once again. Let us “listen” within ourselves so as to hear the gentle voice of the Christ Child.
“Let the clouds rain down the Just One and the earth bring forth a Savior (Is. 45:8) “O Emmanuel, come to save us!”