Advent is about silence.
The world does not see this, for the world is Martha and thinks that bustling about and listening to vapid music is the way to prepare in the weeks leading up to Christmas. But alas for Martha! Mary has chosen the better part, and it is exquisite. If Martha would lay down her business for just a moment, she might taste some of Mary’s joy—true, life-fulfilling joy, not McDonalds or Holt Renfrew joy.
Advent is the season of breathless anticipation—breathless, not because we are run off our feet with shopping errands, but because we have paused in the midst of ordinary days and have beheld afresh that tremendous mystery: God loves us so much that He sent His only Son.
He sends His Son to a Mary. “Mary” might as well mean a woman who contemplates God,* for such is the trend of the Biblical women honoured with this name, and one above them all: Mary, our Mother.
In her contemplation, Mary gives God her “yes.” Yes, Lord, be it done to me according to Thy will. This, my friends, is The Way: yes, Thy will be done. These are Mary’s words at the Annunciation, these are Christ’s words in Gethsemane, and they must at all times be our words.
As we travel through this Advent along the silent night paths to Bethlehem within our hearts, let us gaze upon our Lord in contemplation, with our countenance and entire being filled with a booming YES! Yes, Lord! All I am and all I have is Yours. Let us deny distractions and worries a place in our hearts. Martha, Martha, you worry and fret about many things! I am the Lord, Your God, and You shall have no other gods before me. Hush now, be still! Be silent! Await My coming! I am already here.
*The actual meaning is unknown.
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