Sunday, 18 December 2016

Advent 30 Day Retreat: Week 4 Day 21

Read the Word of God with a prayerful heart.
By Susanne Timpani

But Mary treasured up all these things and pondered them in her heart.

Are you ready for Christmas?
We light the last Advent candle today with a mixture of excitement and anxiety. In the past couple of days how many times have you been asked if you are all ready for Christmas yet? I was at the hairdresser yesterday and wondered how best to answer the question. It depends on what is meant by ‘all ready.’

What is on your 'To Do' list?
I've had my hair cut now, so that's one item off the list. Last night we hosted our annual Carols by Candlelight in our home, so that's another event finished.

If you ask a child if they are all ready for Christmas the last thing that comes to their mind is the cooking, shopping, and sending mail – unless it’s a letter to Santa.

A whirlwind of events surrounded Jesus' birth.
Today’s verse presents a role model of what it means to ‘be ready.’ Momentous events surrounded the birth of Jesus, but Mary chose not to be distracted by them, but to reflect on them. 

Perhaps we can spend these last few days of Advent enjoying the ‘distractions’. When we set aside a few moments of quiet prayer we can receive the grace to do just that.