Thought for the Week

22 Dec 2017

Fourth Week of Advent

‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’ said Mary, ‘Let what you have said be done to me.’  Luke 1:38

Are you prepared?

We are coming close to the approaching Feast of Joy – celebrating the birth of the Lord Jesus at Christmas.

We may be getting our homes prepared with the cards, presents and gathering our shopping to help us celebrate with family and friends, but are our hearts prepared?

Have we been able to spend time alone with the Lord over the past three weeks of Advent and really ponder His Majesty, His Power, and His tender, merciful Love?

In our Gospel reading this week, Mary did not know that the angel Gabriel would come to visit her to ask her to become the Mother of Jesus but because her faith in  God was strong and she spent time alone quietly reflecting on what her life’s purpose might be – her heart was prepared and she said her ‘yes’ to God.

Let us take Mary as our example during these last few days of Advent and ponder what plans God might have for our lives.  As God gave us Himself in His Son, as Christmas approaches, let us give ourselves to Him and say our own ‘yes’ to God and allow His love to heal, transform and strengthen us.

This week, let us ask Mary to pray with us and for us as we say;

Hail Mary, the Lord is with thee;

Blessed art thou amongst women

and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.

Holy Mary, Mother of God,

pray for us sinners,

now, and at the hour of our death.