Throughout Advent, Mary models the perfect response to God’s unexpected, even scandalous intervention in her life. When she told Gabriel, “May it be to me as you have said,” she had no guarantees, no script foretelling the future. All she’d learned was the trust handed on by great great-grandmothers: if it comes from God’s hands, it must be perfectly tailored for me.
In times of central heating and plentiful food supplies, we no longer battle the winter as our ancestors did, finding it a precarious season to stay alive. Isolated from others, running low on resources, great-grandparents endured many cold, gloomy nights. How they must’ve rejoiced at those glints of light in dark forests , when almost imperceptibly, the planet tilted towards spring, and the days became longer.
We too have reasons for despair, crippling fears, anxiety over how much we need to do before Christmas. If problems are more serious, do we run from them, or lean into them, wondering what they might teach us? Can we befriend our pain, knowing we’re more than its sting? Could we embrace for once an imperfect holiday, not scripted by Martha Stewart, but perhaps closer to the first, where an unmarried couple had to scrounge an inhospitable place to have a baby?
Kathy will be speaking at:
St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church 2601 San Ramon Valley Blvd. San Ramon, CA 94583
TUESDAY, JANUARY 14, 10:00-11:30 a.m, on:
“Will the Real Mary Magdalene Stand Up? Stand Back!”
And TUESDAY, JANUARY 21, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m. on:
“Prayer In Chaos, Commotion and Clutter”
All are welcome. Free events require registration. To register, go to www.sjasr.org/GIFT
Dear Kathy, My sister, Sue Walsh, is at St Joan’s … hoping she will attend as her husband, Jack, died a year ago, at home. She is suffering…
PS: I first met you at the Biblical school in the late 80s…a life-changing experience!