Friday of the First Week of Advent
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Photo by Charlotte Mahoney, Washington, DC, of her African crèche figures
Link to today's readings:
Genesis 3:9-15, 20; Psalm 98:1, 2-3AB, 3CD-4; Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12; Luke 1:28; Luke 1:26-38
We tend to think mysteries are things to be solved, and we struggle to live in the tension of a mystery we do not understand. But how we limit ourselves this way.
“The lack of mystery in our modern life is our downfall and our poverty, “ writes theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer. “…we destroy the mystery because we sense that here we reach the boundary of our being, because we want to be lord over everything and have it at our disposal and that’s just what we cannot do with the mystery … Living without mystery means knowing nothing of the mystery of our own life, nothing of the mystery of another person, nothing of the mystery of the world.”
Hold gently, for a moment, the thought of the Immaculate Conception, of the young Mary, the God-bearer, as she is called in the Eastern Christian tradition. And hear the angel whisper, “Behold! I tell you a mystery!”