Advent is a time of waiting in anticipation for the arrival of Christ. The challenge for us today is to really wait for that birth without planning and without assuming we know when and how Christ will appear in our lives.
Because of my relatives and friends
I will say, “Peace be within you!”
Because of the house of the LORD, our God,
I will pray for your good.
‘Hail, space for the uncontained God’
From the Agathistos Hymn, Greece, VICWe know the scene: the room, variouslyfurnished,almost always a lectern, a book; alwaysthe tall lily.Arrived on solemn grandeur ofgreat wings,the angelic ambassador, standing orhovering,whom she acknowledges, a guest.But we are told of meek obedience. No onementionscourage.The engendering Spiritdid not enter her without consent.God waited.She was freeto accept or to refuse, choice
integral to humanness.Aren’t there annunciationsof one sort or anotherin most lives?Some unwillinglyundertake great destinies,enact them in sullen pride,uncomprehending.More oftenthose momentswhen roads of light and stormopen from darkness in a man or woman,are turned away fromin dread, in a wave of weakness, in despairand with relief.Ordinary lives continue.God does not smite them.But the gates close, the pathway vanishes.Source: “Annunciation” from The Stream and the Sapphire, by Denise Levertov. New York: New Directions Publishing, 1997