How will we spend the upcoming Christmas holidays?
Have we wondered about this?
To date, we have spent the Advent season in a variety of preparations.. But today is the time to wonder how to utilize this time as we should.
The best way to experience the holidays is to plan Christmas to have a significant impact on our lives...who am I today, doing what I do, being who I want to be?
Christmas is not only remembering the historical birth of a man named Jesus. Celebrating Christmas, for us, is primarily a representation of the event, despite the continuous passage of time.
How do we embrace this mystery?
What can we do to make this mystery come alive?
Today's gospel tell us how.
We must be open to any suggestions that God gives us. "Behold the handmaid of the Lord, May it be done to me ACCORDING to your word."
And let us look at Mary.
She was chosen as the Mother of God. She conceived Jesus. She raised Him and gave Jesus to the world.
Mary's participation in God's plan would not have been possible if she had not agreed to it.
The feast of Christmas is a time when we want to offer a lot to God. This is very good. But remember that everything comes from God. He has given us so much. But we want to give more. If we are open to His ways, we will desire the gifts from Him.
St. John of the Cross stated: we can get so much if we expect it. In other words, we get everything we believe God is able to give us.
When we read in the gospel today, "for nothing will be impossible for God", we should realize, first of all, that exceeding the impossible is very often down completely different roads than we can imagine.
Christ came into our human world completely unexpected, and certainly not as any man could have imagined.
Likewise, God can enter into our lives and help us to achieve incredible feats, because the gifts that He has for us are unpredictable. He needs to only hear our YES.
So this holiday season let us live and have time to answer God,..."May it be done to me ACCORDING to your word."