Advent Thought for Friends of Regis College by Joseph Schner, S.J. (Second Week)

Second Week of Advent

secondadventMary with her family and friends prayed for the coming of the Messiah.  The answer to her prayer was earth shattering – an unmarried virgin but a mother.  Her whole life must have seemed to be in jeopardy.  Luke’s gospel captures her terror and her commitment: “How can this be?… Let it be done to me according to your word.”  So simple but infinitely complex – the Word became flesh – and creation began again.

We share in that new creation, in the life of the Word.  Advent is a time for us to listen attentively and to respond wholeheartedly to God’s Word as Mary did.

Please join Regis in prayer this Advent.  This is a generous gift with and for Regis’ ministry.

“As God once poured out his Holy Spirit upon Mary, … so God pours out his Spirit into the hearts of those who follow Jesus Christ so that we, too, may … share the good news of his kingdom to the world.  (Wayne Lott in Called to pray, 2011, eds., Gilles Mongeau, SJ & Brett Salkeld.)