As we begin our journey to the manger, where the whole world stops and takes a deep breath, let us pause as well. Our world is a frenzied, chaotic whirlwind of activity made worse by the likes of Black Friday and the splurge that is the Christmas Holidays. Don't go there. A young couple is making their way to Bethlehem for the census of the world as dictated by Caesar Augustus. They have had something of a difficult time. The man, a just man named Joseph, had contemplated leaving his betrothed Mary, but upon the instruction in a dream, decided against it (Matthew 1:18-25). Mary for her part, has had things to contemplate in her heart since a visit by an angel. She has since visited her cousin and had a wonderful and interesting visit with her, who is also pregnant. Her cousin noted that her child leaped in her womb when Mary and her baby approached (Luke 1:39-45). With all that has happened, it has certainly been a time to remember. They find themselves talking and reflecting. She is so young and gentle and open. He is older and perhaps more quiet and reserved. Do they know what is about to happen? Do they know the cosmic movements that they are a part of, the unfolding plan which has been in the mind of God for so long? Does she know completely the child she is carrying? Let us sit with the reality we know while they journey. Let us breathe slowly in anticipation of the events to come. Let us focus our attention on the couple, on whose shoulders rest such a great occasion that will overshadow the actions of many who are great and powerful. Let us whisper our prayers for them and listen for the soft sounds of hooves as they make their way through the Judean countryside. May God be with you Mary and Joseph! But of course, He is!
“When we are walking in the streets, let us f ix our eyes on our Lord bearing his Cross before us; on the Blessed Virgin who is looking at us; on our Guardian Angel who is by our side.”
~ Thoughts of the Cure D’Ars