Fourth Tuesday of Advent

Luke 1: 26-38

Reflection—v.31, ‘Look! You will conceive and give birth to a son and you will name him Jesus.’

Mary’s call was one which required a lifetime worth of love and nurture. It was a call that would keep her up at night, require patience, force her to become more flexible, realize that some things are out of her control, allow others to help her, and watch her heart walk around outside of herself. Like Mary, God’s call to us, should we choose to accept it, will require a lifetime of daily effort. It is not work just to be done on Sundays or outside the office. It is our life. It seeps into our daily rhythms and has to be taken into consideration in all of our choices. May heaven help us.


God of Mary, teach me to soften my stubborn will beneath your tender training; like Mary, may I grow ever more flexible, ever more open, to your demanding but liberating call.

-Maggie Leonard