In last week’s Advent reflection I spoke of the Benedictine principle of “listening…with the ear of the heart.” Remember that this listening presumes the potential for conversion, or a turning toward God, and calls for our full attention. The Gospel for tomorrow – December 8th: The Feast of the Immaculate Conception (Luke 1:26-38) provides us with an example of someone who listened in this way. Grab your bible or click on this link Daily Scripture Readings and prayerfully read this scripture passage. Pay attention to Mary’s interaction with her holy visitor. What examples do you see of Mary listening in this way?
Mary and her “guest” also provide us with an example of biblical hospitality. The Rule of Benedict, Ch 53 states: “Let all guests who arrive be received as Christ, for He is going to say, “I came as a guest, and you received Me.” How would you describe Mary’s reception of this visitor?