Holy Family II
Teresa Newham 2012
It's almost Christmas, and amidst the chaos of our working and domestic lives we Catholics are called to take time out and reflect on its true meaning: God made man and born of a Virgin to be our Saviour. The Virgin Mary has been on my mind a lot during Advent; a girl no older than thirteen or fourteen, from a humble background; chosen by God before she is born to be his own sinless mother when he takes human form. She doesn't know this of course; and when the Angel Gabriel announces that she has been chosen to bear Jesus she could still say 'no'. But she doesn't; she accepts God's will even though it is made clear to her that hers will not be an easy path. Joseph, too, when he realises his betrothed is expecting a child, has to take a leap of faith, and trust in God.
We are also called to follow God's plan for us. It's easy to say and can be incredibly difficult to do, even in the mundane circumstances of our own lives. But if Mary and Joseph can say 'yes', can't we?
Wishing all readers of this blog blessings and peace at Christmas, and always xxx