May I Walk With You? Mary’s Words

December 23, 2019

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at

We all know that Jesus is the “reason for the season”. As we are preparing for this most wonderful of days by shopping and planning parties, let’s not forget that what we are celebrating is the incarnation, the coming of God the Son in the flesh. Historically, this happened some two thousand years ago, and for two thousand years we have been celebrating this event. We believe that Jesus ascended into heaven and that he will once again come.

Yet, Jesus comes to us many times in our lives on a day to day basis. He reveals himself to each of us in our prayer, through the Bible, our conversations with others, the sacraments, the beauty of the universe, the events of our lives, and in our loving human relationships. In so many ways, if our eyes and ears and hearts are open, we hear God say to us that he wants to have a personal loving and caring relationship with each of us. While we know that he came a long time ago and will be coming to us in the future, we also know that his is with us now.

God’s coming to you may not be as dramatic as his coming two thousand years ago, but he is present to you right now. Sometimes he seems very close and at other times very far away. He is calling you. How will you respond to this invitation? How will you respond to his yearning to love you and have you love him?

Mary’s words to God at the Annunciation were, “I am the servant of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say.” I don’t know how you will respond to God’s invitation, but as for me, Mary’s words say it best. Have a merry Christmas as you once again celebrate Jesus’ birth in you. Jesus came to us some two thousand years ago, yet he is present to us every day.

“May the Lord bless and keep you. May he let his light shine upon you and give you his peace.”

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