In his book A Coming Christ in Advent, Raymond Brown offer an interesting perspective on what it might mean for us to prepare ourselves as a dwelling place of Christ. Talking about Mary and the Magnificat, he writes:
The first Christian disciple exemplifies the essential task of discipleship. After hearing the word of God and accepting it, we must share it with others, not by simply repeating it but by interpreting it so that they can see it truly as good news. As we look forward in Advent to the coming of Christ, let us ask ourselves how this year we are going to interpret for others what we believe happens at Christmas, so that they will be able to appreciate what the angel announced at the first Christmas (Luke 2:10-11). “I announce to you good news of a great joy which will be for the whole people: To you this day is born in the city of David a savior who is Messiah and Lord.”
Brown talks about the Magnificat as Mary’s interpretation of the Word – the way she shares the Gospel word with others. Mary has heard from Gabriel the identity of Jesus and now, Brown says, she “gives voice interpreting what she has heard.”
In these final days during which we prepare to welcome the Christ child into our hearts is a good time to consider the question Brown asks:
How this year are we going to interpret for others what we believe happens at Christmas?
How will we help them appreciate what the angel will announce on Christmas morning?