Mi. 5: 1-4a
Ps. 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Lk. 1: 39-45
As we anticipate the solemnity of the Nativity, contemplate this exquisite poem and let it speak to you.
In Mary – Darkness
by Jessica Powers
I live my Advent in the womb of Mary
And on one night when a great star swings free
From its high mooring and walks down the sky
To be the dot above the Christus i,
I shall be born of her by blessed grace.
I wait in Mary-darkness, faith’s walled place,
With hope’s expectance of nativity.
I knew for long she carried me and fed me,
Guarded and loved me, though I could not see,
But only now, with inward jubilee,
I come upon earth’s most amazing knowledge:
Someone is hidden in this dark with me.
What hopes have you had during this Advent season?
Is there something in you waiting to be born…or born anew?
What might Mary have to say to you about waiting, hoping and coping with darkness? What would you say to her about your own experience?
Can you sense “someone hidden in this dark” with you?