“We are all meant to be mothers of God, for God is always needing to be born.” – Meister Eckhart
This famous quote reminds us of our importance as people of faith. We can either help to bring God’s presence into the world, to birth Christ, or behave like it’s somebody else’s job.
The holy season of Advent is a time filled with choices about what really is important to us. And those choices are shaped by our expectations. If we feel that Advent is a time to ensure that Christmas day will answer all the material needs of our families and friends, then we spend our time doing what will make that expectation a reality.
But if we remember that long, long ago a baby was born in poverty, whose teachings would come to shape the world, then a different expectation might arise. We can expect that if we spend our Advent days with our spirits and actions reflecting Jesus’ teachings – compassion, forgiveness, love, healing, joy, peace – then on Christmas day, whether man or woman, we will have become mothers of God. We will have helped to bring God’s presence into a world desperately in need of it.
Please come to our parish Advent series and think about how God can be born in you. We’ll meet with Chris Seethaler in the library at St. Paul’s on December 5, 12, and 19 from 7:00 to 8:30PM. You can register either online or in our churches.