Saturday 10 December 2022
Blessed Virgin Mary of Loreto
Ecclesiasticus 48:1-4, 9-11. Lord, make us turn to you, let us see your face and we shall be saved – Psalm 79(80):2-3, 15-16, 18-19. Matthew 17:10-13.
Take the time to remember a ‘hope’ moment
My family listened to a conversation with Reverend Bill Crews on ABC Radio on a car trip – it was a conversation of hope. Rev Bill emphasised being with, walking with, and listening to all the people he came alongside. He spoke of being surrounded by unconditional love given to him by those who had the most brokenness, that they gave him his life back at a time that he was without hope. In this second week of Advent it might be an idea to find a pause place to remember a ‘hope’ moment – a moment where someone or something like Elijah intervened and turned you back to God, back to what was meaningful and unconditionally loving. This day, since 2019, has been a devotion to Mary of Loreto, an Advent bridge between Mary and Christmas – our mother Mary, the bearer of hope in forming Jesus in her womb, giving birth to life.