December 12, 2020
First Reading Zechariah 2:14-17
Gospel Luke 1:26-38
Artwork by William K. | Class of 2021
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. And coming to her, he said, “Hail Mary, full of grace! The Lord is with you.”
- Luke 1:26-38
This reading strikes a chord with me, especially as we approach the midway point of Advent. I think about how many “Gabriels” have been sent into my life and what I have done to prayerfully welcome them in.
When I sit with God in prayer, I am always looking to be sure I don’t miss the sign or the answer to my prayer. Gabriel reminds us that the signs are always there, we just need to be open to them.
During these trying times of the pandemic, civil unrest, and uncertainty, I think about how I am open to the signs of God all around me. We need to be open to the little moments of faith and joy around us rather than worrying about how we will prepare for the celebration that will be greatly reduced this year. Gabriel is our gentle reminder that there is more to Christmas than the great food, gift-giving, and family parties, and, frankly, that is a reminder we need this year.
Christmas is more about the birth of our Savior that will one day save us from sin. Christmas is about believing in something bigger than ourselves. It is about believing that when the “Angel Gabriel” comes to visit, we listen with open hearts and open minds to hear the message that God is trying to send us.
By Katie Burns '90
Dean of Campus Life