Today’s Gospel reading in the Daily Office Lectionary tells the story of the Annunciation. In this key moment in the narrative of God’s love for us, the Angel Gabriel proclaims to Mary the mystery of the Incarnation that would take place miraculously by the power of the Holy Spirit. Because of Mary's “Yes” to God and her obedience, the beginning of redemption and rescue for everyone on earth would soon begin. What a way to close the season of our Advent longing and prepare for the celebration of Christmas!
I invite you these last few days of Advent to ponder the power of Gabriel’s message to Mary. And meditate on Mary as the Christian par excellence, that image of what it means to truly follow Jesus, to renounce self and simply say, “behold, I am the servant of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.”
Our Christmas season will commence this Saturday night with our 5 pm Christmas Eve service. The Little Saints will lead us for a portion of the service as they present the Christmas story according to St. Luke’s gospel, we’ll sing carols, we’ll gather around the Table to receive from this same Jesus of His Body and Blood, and share the light of Christ through candle lighting and carols. It will be a beautiful service, and most importantly it will be our way to immerse ourselves in the mystery of the Incarnation, of the Word become flesh and dwelling among us.