Monday, December 21, 2015

Dec. 21, 2015 Monday: 4th Week of Advent C

Dec. 21, 2015 Monday: 4th Week of Advent C

Mary Knew How to Listen

Mary knew how to listen to God. Be careful: it was not merely “hearing,” a superficial word, but it was “listening,” that consists of attention, acceptance, and availability to God. It was not in the distracted way with which we sometimes face the Lord or others: we hear their words, but we do not really listen. Mary is attentive to God. She listens to God. -Pope Francis, Address, May 31, 2013

Mary listened attentively to the angel Gabriel when she was asked to be the mother of God. Attentive to the needs of her cousin Elizabeth, she went to her when Elizabeth needed help. She contemplated the events of the Nativity in her heart. What can you learn from Mary’s witness? How does God want you to live this out this season of Advent?

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