"Saint Bernard declared there are here three miracles: that God and man should be joined in this child; that a mother should remain a virgin; that Mary should have such faith as to believe that this mystery would be accomplished in her. The last is not the least of the three."
(From Martin Luther's Christmas Book, collected in Come, Thou Long-Expected Jesus, edited by Nancy Guthrie, page 26)The last is not the least. Belief in the impossible must itself be the greatest miracle. And it is one that we can witness in ourselves this Advent.
May God's grace be on us, that we may believe the Mystery, that we might be a miracle.
This Sunday is the first Advent Sunday. We'll be lighting a purple candle, reading Scriptures, and singing carols to begin our focus on the month-long anticipation of Christmas, the great celebration of the Incarnation.
As the days of Advent pass, we'll be filling up our Jesse Tree with ornaments and meditating on a Jesse Tree devotion. How are you meditating on the Mystery this Advent?
"There is such richness and goodness in this nativity that if we should see and deeply understand, we should be dissolved in perpetual joy." (Ibid)