Yesterday I was telling my housemate that Advent was my favorite time of the liturgical year, and she asked me why. You know, no one ever asked me that before…for me, I think that Advent is so special because I’m attracted to the notion of it being a time of invitation to prepare myself to give birth to divinity – God’s life – for a world in need of healing.
In reflecting on the event that gave us this feast to celebrate, I couldn’t help but think that we tend to romanticize the whole stable scene. I imagine that before Joseph could settle Mary in the stable, he first had to muck it out, leaving him dirty and exhausted.
It seems to me that Jesus comes to a world in need of mucking out. No four-star hotel for him! So what is our response to this great gift? I share with you an excerpt of a prayer by Ann Lewin, found in a volume called Celebrating Women.
Could we be midwives for the love of God,
Cradling that strength born in fragility,
Delivering healing to a crying world?