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Day 29: Daily Gracelines – Advent Journey with Mary

 Theme: Advent is a time of waiting and preparing for the coming of the Savior. Mary, the Mother of God, waits patiently for the birth of her Son and Savior, Jesus Christ to Whom she has given her life.
Grace: I pray for the grace of Marian surrender and anticipation of the Savior during this holy Advent and Christmas season.


Tall men were these, the shepherds comeMary Joseph Jesus Shepherds wikimedia from flocks and wearing sheep hides with the dew still wet upon the wool…No further movement till the youngest, kneeling still, moved on from out the rest, and when his eyes had marked the swaddling bands…and did not shrink at what he saw. The full words spilled out to her in eagerness of quiet flocks, the brightness of the sky…The music that had sifted down, more fragile than the light of stars… The upswept choirs and surge and flight of wings: I bring you tidings of great joy, that shall be to all the people: for this day is born to you a Saviour, who is Christ the Lord, in the city of David. And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. …Glory to God in the highest: and on earth peace to men of good will.

Excerpts from A Woman Wrapped In Silence by John W. Lynch, reprinted by permission of Paulist Press, Inc.


For Reflection:

How swiftly the shepherds respond! How quickly do I respond to the call of God? What causes me to hold back an immediate response? The angels tell the shepherds, “I bring you tiding of great joy…” How can these words encourage me to respond more quickly? Why do you think it is the youngest who tells Mary about what he saw? Think of this in light of Isaiah 11:6 and Jesus words in Mark 10:14; what thoughts do you have?


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