As I sit to write these words early Tuesday morning the snow swirls outside. It makes me want to sing “It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas.” But Advent is a time of preparation for Christmas. When you think of the birth of a child, it doesn’t just happen. Its hopefully proceeded by a special time for parents called pregnancy. I sometimes think when Mary left to visit her cousin Elizabeth, how selfless. Maybe even with morning sickness she went and visited her cousin to help her in her time of need. The story of Joseph and the census being taken requiring Joseph to take a very pregnant Mary to Bethlehem, the city of David. Each clan had to go to their ancestral city for the census. Pregnancy is a time of expectation. While many want to know as much as they can about their child because of advances in science, up until our generation that was not possible. It maybe led more people to pray during their time of pregnancy. God is a part of this time.
And God is a part of our Advent if we let him. Today’s scripture speaks of a truly unique character, Jesus’ own cousin, Elizabeth’s son, John. We call him John the Baptist because of what he was doing, baptism for the forgiveness of sins. Strangely dressed with a unique diet, someone might avoid, but people are flocking to him because they want a right relationship with God. For you and me, we realize that is recognizing God becoming man in the person of Jesus. Like John we need to be humble, and despite his unworthiness, he was called. We need to identify with that and recognize humility as we follow the Master – truly God and truly a human being – as our creed reminds us. Continue to reflect this Advent season on all that happens during pregnancy and reflect on the First Feast after Christmas, The Holy Family. Let us all thank God for inviting us through baptism to be part of that Holy Family.
Peace The Pastor