Role Models for Advent
The Sacred Scriptures and the Church provide two figures for us on which to model our lives in this Advent season as we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas.
One is John the Baptizer, the cousin of Jesus, who calls us to repentance – to turn from sin and follow Jesus more faithfully. He is an imposing, almost menacing, presence. He appears in the desert, wearing camel’s hair and eating locusts and honey.
The other classic Advent figure is the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of Jesus and Mother of God. She models patient waiting and faith, as she says “yes” to God’s plan and carries the baby Jesus to term in her womb. She seems so gentle, humble, quiet in the Scriptures and in our mind’s eye as we reflect on her presence.
But looks can be deceiving. Mary is strong. She is strong precisely in her silence, precisely in her humility.
You don’t think that’s true? Look at the example of a young woman, the newly-proclaimed Mother of the Savior, who treks several days’ journey on foot through the hills to visit her cousin Elizabeth and assist Elizabeth in her need (Luke 1:39-40).