Wednesday, December 14, 2011
by Sister Lynne Marie Simonich
Were you ever given a gift but were told first to "Close your eyes and open your hands?" You probably did that, trusting the person would put something special in your hands. In our gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Advent, Mary opens her heart and soul, saying "yes" to God with total trust and a leap of faith. Her "yes" brought God's greatest gift to her and to our world -- the gift of Jesus!
Mary believed that "nothing was impossible with God" and she was willing to do what God asked even if it seemed difficult or hard to understand. She was open to possibilities and ready to take a journey she hadn't planned on taking.
During this last week of Advent, as the world is filled with busyness, may we find the space and time to close our eyes and open our hearts to welcome the Lord in a new way ... to say "yes" to whatever God asks of us ... to trust in God's grace and promise of everlasting love.
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