Advent is a time of of waiting, but also of preparation. We are not asked to simply sit back and wait for the arrival of Christ.
Carol Houselander calls Advent a time of creation, a time in which we are invited to let God act and grow in us, as God did with and in Mary. She asks us to consider, What will God become in us this Advent. Perhaps you might take some time today reflecting on her words:
In the beginning, the Spirit brooded over the face of the waters and God spoke and there was Light. Likewise, in the fullness of time, an angel announced to Mary and the same creative Spirit visited her and she conceived the Son of God. This Advent, our Advent, is equally a time of creation. God’s same Spirit abides in us – brooding over our waters – shaping and forming us, being formed and shaped by us. We are God’s creative works in process. God alone knows what we shall become. What might God have in store in the fullness of our time? In the beginning, God created Light. In Mary, God became flesh. What will God become in us this Advent? Is there room in us for God’s seed to take root and grow? God has visited us with grace and favor. Are we ready to become Light?
An important antecedent question, which may also be worth pondering today is: Do I believe I can become Light? For many, this is perhaps the more challenging question.