Wednesday of the Third Week of Advent
The readings for the day can be found here.
So many babies, so little time! They didn’t name-drop Jesus in these readings, but we can see how these passages apply to Christ’s coming. We are all filled with anticipation in this season, and the fever of a long wait over. These Biblical parents waited decades for the news of their babies, but now that they know their children are coming, they only have to wait nine months. Us? Twelve months! We have to live through nearly twelve months of anticipation for the most joyous day of the year, Jesus’ birth. And with this most joyous coming, we should prepare. The parents in the passages make spiritual preparations, such as purifying themselves, which is something we can do through reflection and confession. And we can even imitate their physical preparations, in a sense, as well. Just as these wonderful mothers show the beautiful physical changes of their coming joys, we prepare houses, boxes, trees, (really, no object is safe!) for the coming of Christ on Christmas. As wonderful as these preparations are for visual beauty, though, they strike a deeper chord in us for their inner beauty; like the beauty these mothers must have experienced after living through years of barrenness for the lovely curves of new life to finally enter their frame. Like these transformed women, the new season transforms our barren communities into places full of joyous sights and sounds that remind of the coming joy of Jesus. The world has new life not only with the lives being brought into it, Jesus, John, and Samson, but with the new life brought into those living on earth who are transformed by the joy of the new arrivals.