Only five days till Christmas and counting. For children the question, “Are we there yet?” is born of frustration. Very likely at this point in Advent, adults are beginning to panic. So now is a good time to take a deep breath …. and go back to the beginning.
Luke helps us focus on the upcoming birth of Jesus by drawing us deeper and deeper into the mystery. He begins with God then moves us to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, where the word would become flesh, to Mary, a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph.
Then there is the angel who tells Mary something unbelievable is about to happen. But as the angel, Gabriel’s last words to Mary remind us — “Nothing is impossible with God.”The Annunciation may well be the ultimate expression of hope.
Just as God zeroed in on Mary, He zeroes in on us. And now it is our time to say “yes” to the unbelievable good news. We can do that by leaving behind our fears and with all the wondrous anticipation of children at Christmas, open our hearts and our lives to the birth of our Savior.
- Fr. Paul Ruttle, C.P.