Fourth Sunday of Advent, 20 December 2020
In today’s reflection, Waiting in Joyful Hope author Michelle Francl-Donnay reflects on Luke 1:35b, the poetry of St. John of the Cross and Daniel Ladinsky, Ignatian imaginative prayer, and holy midwifery.
In the comments section below, share your own response to today’s scripture, Francl-Donnay’s reflection, or the accompanying meditation prompt.
I am positive Mother Mary would have appreciated a midwife. But, if I had to hazard a guess, what she and St. Joseph wanted more than that was a roof over their heads, some kind of home. Their ancestor, King David, had similar thoughts. What they could not have known until the resurrection, was that not only did Mary give the Messiah a most personal home, but her body also showed us how we are a home to the Lord. “Our hearts are restless til they rest in you,” says the Saint. But I think of it as my heart is restless until I spend time with my God who dwells within me. Churches, synagogues, the Temple are beautiful. But God prefers to make His home within us.
This is where it gets to be exciting! I am a 76 year old woman and I can bring the Word to birth. The best way I know is by becoming the woman God intended me to be. Nourishing the Word within me through prayer, study, service and fellowship. Promoting the best for everyone. Acting in a way that my love of God shows. And at times sharing with others how God has shown His love for me throughout my life.