Companion on the Way
When I find myself in trouble,
Mother Mary comes to me,
Speaking Words of Wisdom,
“Let it Be.”
While it was the voice of his own mother that came to Paul McCartney in a dream during a turbulent time with the Beatles that was the inspiration for the song, the message echoes that of another Mary facing her own troubling, though joyous, news with her own words of wisdom, “Let it be with me according to your word.” The reading for Advent 4 relates a part of the life story of Mary, mother of Jesus, which inspires Doug McLeod to draw on her wisdom to look how we deal with the challenges we face in life, while Jennifer Henry reflects on the roles of those who help others through the act of giving birth. Bill Kervin reflects on this moment as turning point in the life of Mary and perhaps the world.
We have also introduced one other page to our blog site this week that we hope you will take time to review and respond to, our “About You!” page. We have had so many visitors, that we wanted to acknowledge your presence and thank you for being a part of our journey.
A special thanks to my local companions on this Journey, my co-moderator and strong right hand, Susie Henderson, our wonderful and inspiring contributors, Bill Kervin, Jennifer Henry, Jennifer Mountain, Ted Grady and Doug McLeod and especially the support of Elaine Eve, who keeps the rest of presbytery up-to-date on this blog, and the rest of the Faith Formation team. I wish you all the blessings of the coming season and a happy and prosperous new year!
We are also happy to announce that our committee has decided to post a weekly Lenten blog in mid-February of 2012 reflecting on the readings for the Sundays of Lent. We will keep you posted and look forward to your company there.
Returning to the Gospel lesson for Advent 4, pause to ask yourself, “Who are the Mary’s in my life, the companions from whom I have received wisdom on my journeys?”