The Spiritual Season of Advent
Our journey through Advent is a spiral. We journey both down into the depths of our being and upward expanding into the cosmos. We unite with spirit, both within our being and within the spiritual worlds. We establish and strengthen a relationship with the heavens that enables the gift of the Christmas season to be imbued, apprehended, received and embodied.
A helpful attitude with which to embrace the spiritual season of Advent is shown to us by Mary in Luke’s account of the unfolding Christmas mysteries. In her encounters with the spiritual worlds, we read that Mary proclaims in response the message delivered by Gabriel:
Let it be with me according to your word.
and in response to the shepherds’ news of the song of the angelic throng, that:
Mary kept all these things, pondering them in her heart.
Mary demonstrates both the willingness to be open and responsive to engagement with the spiritual worlds and the trust and daring required to accept and act upon what that engagement makes known – the very same attitudes and abilities we require to meet the Advent season and prepare ourselves to enter purposefully into the spiritual festival of Christmas.
May our devotional engagement with the spiritual worlds this Advent assist us to develop more and more these same abilities demonstrated in Mary, that in the coming holy days and nights of the spiritual festival of Christmas we may take hold of the gift of the heavens to us.
Advent 2014 begins Sunday 30 November.
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