Normally we release these on Tuesdays, but with the way the calendar falls, we are releasing this week’s blog from Tara on the Vigil of the 4th week of Advent.
The reading for this Sunday is the Annunciation. The angel Gabriel appears to Mary, proclaiming that she will have a child, not just any child, but this child shall be called holy and will be the King above all Kings. Talk about troubling news. Not only was she unmarried, she had had no relations with a man and, yet she was going to give birth to the son of God. Feeling overwhelmed and uneasy about the coming future would be an understatement. Yet, Mary responds with unshakeable faith and a peaceful heart, putting all her trust in the Lord.
Peace is a foreign concept to me.
The dictionary defines peace as the freedom from disturbance; being quiet and tranquil. Anyone who knows me, is well aware that these words do NOT describe me. I am loud, bold, constantly moving, have a million thoughts going through my head and some anxiety to top it all off. I have traveled to the other side of the world and back searching for the one thing that will calm my restless heart.
In this final week of Advent, we are called to reflect on peace; the peace that only Christ can bring. A peace that this world sorely lacks. A peace like Mary’s, which I have only found in one place.
As I gaze upon the Eucharist, enthroned in gold majesty, the love and peace of my King and Creator consumes me. I know when I kneel before my God, all my troubles melt away and I am left trembling in awe of the man who gave it all up for me.
It is Your breath in our lungs Lord, so let us join together with the angles and saints, pouring out our praise to you on this joyous occasion. Let nothing hinder our hearts from receiving the unfathomable gift of your love you long to give us this Christmas season.
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace." - Isaiah 9:6