Keeping Watch with Mary

First Sunday of Advent 2012

When I find myself in times of trouble, Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
And in my hour of darkness she is standing right in front of me
Speaking words of wisdom, let it be
Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom, let it be

The Beatles – 1970

galaxy  for webIn the beginning, the very beginning, God said, “Let it be,” and it was so. “Let there be light,” he said, and there was light (Gen 1:3). We are told that the spirit of God was hovering over the waters of creation.  Into the formlessness and emptiness, God spoke, and it was so. Of his very essence, God created all that was created.

An angel came to a young woman in the town of Nazareth in Galilee.  The angel told her that the spirit of God would overshadow her and she would conceive and bear a son, the very son of God. And the young woman said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38).

Let it be.

God’s spirit comes to us, reveals himself to us, and all we are called to say is, “Let it be.” For when we say that, we are giving assent to the essence of God bursting forth from us. We are not so much “putting on  God” as we are touching that which is already in our very souls. God’s creation is organic rather than mechanical. God is not an engineer. Our connection with God does not bloom from the outside to the inside, it grows inside out.

God has already breathed life into us. He breathed life into Mary’s womb, and he inhabited that life. Our unfolding relationship with God is a progressive discovery of what is already there.

Often in the church, too often I think, we believe we can crack open people’s skulls and pour in wisdom and humility and desire for service. But really our work should be about pointing the way inward, inviting people to connect with the God within who is clamoring to be birthed. Advent is a time not for doing but for allowing ourselves to be done unto.

As we keep watch with Mary this advent, as she feels the child growing within her, may we consider that God has incarnated himself in us also. May we have that same sense of the life of God growing within us and wait with Mary for the gloriousness that is about to burst forth – the gloriousness by which all will know that Emmanuel, God with us, is born continually and again.

May it be so.

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4 thoughts on “Keeping Watch with Mary”

  1. Excellent reflection. Have you ever read the Reed of God?? By Houslander. You will like it. Arrived safe in W. Start on the 10th. Sandy Sent from my iPhone

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