During a time when our imaginations are filled with the motherhood of Mary, let’s reflect on the motherhood of an older woman: Elizabeth.
God’s incarnation makes sacred our very decisions and even the process of discernment. Every decision we make becomes an incarnation, a little Christmas through which God enters the world.
If we sow seeds of mercy, we will reap more mercy.
People had to discern John the Baptist’s message. Was he the messiah? What were the signs they saw? Discernment includes many signs, consolation and desolation, and movements from the spirits that prepare the way to a choice.
The hope of Emmanuel appears in the stories of our lives.
God illumines a light into the world through the Annunication. Mary’s yes comes in a place of freedom, hope, and not clinging. Ignatius gives us several exercises for making decisions with this kind of freedom.
Incarnation occurs all the time, even in our decisions. We are in a whirl of confusion and feel like we’re in darkness. Advent is a time of sitting with those raw feelings and emotions because discernment begins with observation.
In the midst of a broken world, we can find hope in the season of Advent.
A poem for Epiphany, from Jeffrey Wallace.