The Fourth Sunday of Advent – an Excerpt from Sunday by Sunday

23 Dec

In Sunday’s gospel Mary visits her kinswoman Elizabeth, who recognizes God has blessed her among women. Elizabeth recognizes that Mary lives in the same holy mystery that she, too, knows from conceiving her child late in life. Mary has trusted God’s word to her and said yes to the overshadowing of the Spirit.

Mary has trusted God’s word to her and said yes to the overshadowing of the Spirit. Mary’s experience of the Spirit calls us to reflect on our own. My own deepest experience I would call an undergirding rather than an overshadowing. One Sunday after my mother died, I cried until I exhausted myself. I reached a place within that seemed to be the bottom of myself.

To my amazement I experienced there the Spirit alive in me, or me alive in the Spirit – a profound inner affirmation that I could do my life without my mother and trust God’s gifts in me.

This is an excerpt from Sunday By Sunday Volume 22, Number 13 – December 23rd, 2012

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