As we near the end of Advent we are given an opportunity to once again hear a very important voice, that of Mary. In today’s Gospel she says: “I am the handmaid of the Lord, may it be done to me according to your word.” The definition of a handmaid is: “a personal maid or female servant; one whose essential function is to serve or assist.”
On this final Sunday of Advent Mary reminds us that we are each personal servants of God and that our primary and essential function is to serve or assist in God’s work. The first reading reveals a bit of what God’s work is, building His house. Each of us, as members of the Church, are called to help build God’s Church. This begins in our homes, the domestic Church. We cannot expect others to do this work – we are each handmaids or servants of the Lord. Mary’s loving response to God’s call must also be our response. We are invited to love and to bring the Christ child into the world. We do this by the way we act and the way we treat others, by the kind gifts we give and by using our talents in a positive way.
The Christmas Gift for this last Sunday of Advent is a book by Matthew Kelly entitled “I Heard God Laugh.” This gift is a simple book on prayer and is given to assist you in your relationship with God. Like Mary, your “Yes” needs support, and we at St. Rita Catholic Parish give you this gift to aid in developing that relationship with God. Prayer can be very intimidating but Matthew Kelly makes it easy and accessible. Please know how incredibly deep God’s love for you is and use this gift book to become more comfortable in prayer. Have a beautiful Christmas celebration and keep growing in your relationship with Emmanuel, God with us. Together in love we help build God’s Church. Peace.