We go together
Mary … entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. Luke 1:39-40
I saw a cartoon in which a light bulb opened the door to find many small Christmas tree lights. The astonished light bulb asked one of the tree lights, “You’re bringing friends?” The small light replied, “We’re Christmas lights. When one of us goes out, we all go out!”
In today’s reading, Mary hurries off on a journey she certainly hadn’t planned. A pregnant teenager, she finds herself on the road to Judea unsure of what’s going to happen next.
Are there times in our lives when the unexpected happens when we’re asked to do something for which we feel we don’t have the strength? When suffering, illness, grief, rejection, or disappointments leave us filled with questions, doubts, and worry? During these times it can be difficult to see God. Perhaps the answer is that we find God in each other; “we all go out” together.
Mary greets Elizabeth. They each realize they are blessed. Mary and Elizabeth see the work of God in one another.
We’re never alone; we do this life journey together. “We all go out” (or in) together.
DAILY PRACTICE: Thank someone who has been there for you. Is there someone who needs your presence at this time?
ADVENT PRAYER: God Within Us, thank you for not putting us in this world alone. Deepen in me gratitude for the many people who support and love me, revealing your presence to me.
From: ADVENT 2013. Daily reflections, practices and prayers.
The Promise of Peace. Janet Schaeffler, OP.