Monday, December 23, 2013

Advent & The Very Pregnant Virgin Mary

During this month of December, Magnificat has a beautiful picture on the cover of a very pregnant Virgin Mary. Ready to give birth any day now, she is the image we ponder as the Church is at the end of Advent. We have been praying, pondering and singing, "Come, come, O Come Emmanuel!" Like a mother at the end of her pregnancy, the Church assures us, "He will be here very very soon!"

Madonna del Parto Unknown Master, Italian (late 15th century in Valsesia)

Around two thousand years ago Jesus did come in history. At an unknown date in the future Jesus will come again in Majesty. By grace, prayer and sacraments Jesus comes anew every day in mystery. Why do we want Him to come? Because when He is present, He gives presents, gifts - Love, peace, joy, mercy, healing, forgiveness, meaning, purpose, salvation, blessing, new life ...

+ Fr. Luke Mary Fletcher, CFR
Yonkers, NY
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