Spirituality Reflection from Sr. Mary

November 29th, 2015 by Admin


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– Mary Scanlon, LCM.


Christmas: season of hope and joy for a desperate and despairing world.  We focus on God’s Word to centre us.

SCRIPTURE READING:  Let the wilderness and the dry lands exult, the wasteland rejoice and bloom, let it bring forth flowers like the jonquil.  The glory of Lebanon is bestowed on it, and they shall see the glory of Yahweh, the splendour of our God.  For look, your God is coming, he is coming to save you.  Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened and the ears of the deaf unsealed; the lame shall leap like a deer and the tongues of the dumb sing for joy!   Isaiah 35: selected verses.

REFLECTION:   This Scripture passage is filled with the joy and hope of a new era, the dawn of a new creation when God becomes human and humankind are redeemed.  But – it’s been a tough year in our world.  Radical, heavily-armed Isis forces have caused terrible violence, suffering and destruction; the consequent refugee crisis has produced dreadful dislocation of peoples; two major aircraft crashes, one a mystery, produced loss and heartache around the world; the phenomenon of global warming has created shocking weather disasters everywhere.  These are but a few of our global issues.  How can the dry land of Syria exult? How can the wastelands of weather devastation bring forth flowers like the jonquil?  When the eyes of so many children have been closed forever in a flood or a refugee escape, how can we believe that the blind shall see?  When so many people have been rendered lame or limbless, how can we imagine that they jump for joy?  This is where the true message of Christmas lights up our world with earth-shattering news of an awesome event.   Christ, Son of God and Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, has become human, has become son of Mary. The enormity of it challenges us to look afresh at the Christmas story.  Mary had birthed her Son far from home and in the coldest, most unsanitary and dangerous circumstances imaginable. The Child was already the victim of both the violence of the Roman occupation and the conditions of the natural environment.  Not much sweetness there.  No, the Christmas message is passion: God’s passionate love for every person, creature and object on our planet.  Mary Potter captures this when she says:  “God thirsts to be thirsted for.”   Writing this in October, as is my norm, I am filled with hope in spite of the traumas.  Wonderful things are happening!  The Extraordinary Synod on the Family is about to begin, and Pope Francis is on track to convene an impressive variety of people, to ensure that actions emerge from the Synod and that it is not merely a talkfest.  The Pope’s encyclical “Laudato Si,” on care for our common home Planet Earth, has received wide acclaim, and is producing positive change around the globe. These and other initiatives make real the passion of Christmas.  We now know that Christmas is for real.  The blind now see, the deaf hear; kowhai and pohutukawa bloom, and the world, though suffering, can see a horizon of hope and joy because Christ is born!   And Mary who gave him life is life-giving for us too.  Mary Potter again:  “Through Mary, Christ our Life first came to us.”christmas1

Thank you all for being part of these Reflections, as I retire from the writing.   May Mary Potter continue to inspire us to let Mary always lead us to Jesus!

Joyous Christmas, Everyone!




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