Saturday, December 18, 2010

Advent reflection -- Dec. 18

This is today’s reflection from “How Far Is It to Bethlehem?” A Spiritual Guide for Advent 2010 by Sr. Carol Perry, S.U. for Marble Collegiate Church.

“He went to be registered with Mary, to whom he was engaged and who was expecting a child.” Luke 2:5

Joseph is “espoused” to Mary, in the older translations, which more accurately underlines the fact that their union is permanent in the eyes of the first-century world. This is not a convenient time for the pregnant Mary to be traveling. God’s plans so often do not seem aimed at our comfort. Do you imagine that she and Joseph griped all the way about the untimeliness or do you think they attempted to adapt to the unplanned?

Let us pray this day for ourselves and for each other, especially for those trying to adjust to the unintended in life.

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