December 19, 2017
Late Advent Weekday
Familiar and New the hour of the incense offering, the angel of the Lord appeared to him...
Luke 1:10-11
During Advent, in these days leading to Christmas, my days and evenings are marked by familiar rituals of all kinds. I pray at Mass, of course. And in the Scriptures, prayers and music, I am eased into the journey of waiting and hope. Candles glimmer from my mother's Advent wreath. We hang the wooden "O Antiphon" crafts my sons made years ago. The lights, the recipes, the scents of these days create a place that I know. That day in the Temple, Zechariah approached the Lord in a familiar, sacred ritual. In the midst of the prayer, as the incense wafted to heaven, the unexpected broke in. An angel appeared with astonishing news. The rituals that engage me during these weeks are a gift. They are a gift for the sacred story that they help me to understand, and their familiar space is a gift. And, in the midst of it all, I pause and notice that, here and now, God is offering something new.
Lord, I open my heart to your creative power.

- Amy Welborn

Judges 13:2-7, 24-25|Psalm 71:3-6, 16-17|Luke 1:5-25


December 19, 2017 at 08:46 AM

I am puzzled! What is the difference between the responses of Zechariah and Mary:
* Luke 1:18, "Then Zechariah said to the angel, "How shall I know this? For I am an old man, and my wife is advanced in years."
* Luke 1:34, "But Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I have no relations with a man?”

"How shall I know this?" Vs "How can this be?"

I see that questioning is obviously ok, but unbelief is not! Holy Spirit, help me to understand......what is the difference? I want to learn from their examples!

?"How shall I know this?" is about me being in control wanting to know how God is going unfold His plan? And "How can this be?" is about me being incapable wanting to know how to be part of God's plan?

Indeed, I don't need to know the details of God's plan because I know You are good, You are faithful, You are merciful, You are loving and Your plan for me is not to harm me but to prosper me (Jeremiah 29:11)! What I need is like Mary's, "How can this be for I am weak, nothing but a filthy rag! But I am available if God is willing!"

Lord, we need You, especially this week when Matt and I share our hearts with Katie to prosper her and not to harm her in her current situation. Give us wisdom to provide a safe and loving boundary for her to come back to You and the life You have for her! Lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil! We are available for You, Lord! Amen!

Palm 8:3-6, "When I look at your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is man (especially Katie and Jessi) that You are mindful of him (us), and the son of man that You care for him (us)? Yet You have made him (us) a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him (us) with glory and honor. You have given him (us) dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his (our) feet," Amen!

December 19, 2017 at 09:42 AM

Your comment to this devotional has spoken to my heart in the exact words I was so desperately praying for yesterday at Adoration when I randomly open The Bible to the reading you quoted in Jeremiah. Thank you for sharing Words of Truth, Faith, Hope and Love.
Thanks to you Loving Jesus and Blessed Mother for always tending to the needs of you children unworthy as we are,yet so abundantly Blessed and Loved by you. Please pray for my sweet daughter Lauren and her siblings,I will be praying for you and yours.

December 19, 2017 at 08:33 AM

Lord, Thank you for this day and for being by my side. Thank you for all your good gifts to me in my life and to celebrate this special time of the year.

December 19, 2017 at 08:18 AM

Amen! :)

December 19, 2017 at 06:46 AM


December 19, 2017 at 06:12 AM

Amen. Thank you Holy Father for this day and for today's Gospel. Thank you Lord for my faith, my life and for my family. Thank you Holy Father, most of all for your great sacrifice and for the opportunity of forgiveness and reconciliation. Please Lord have mercy. Praise to you Lord Jesus Christ, now and forever. Amen

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