O come, let us adore Him!

At the middle of the human drama is a pregnant woman.

All of history is dated from the birth of her baby.

She is Advent personified.

No one is more patient than an expectant mother. The baby cannot be rushed. Waiting is all she can do.

God’s will, God’s ways, God’s plan cannot be hurried. His time is not our time. God does not wear a watch or keep a daily agenda.

God takes the long view. In the Garden of Eden, when His design of life and love was thwarted, He dreamt of a “new Eve,” a woman who would crush the serpent. This woman, to carry the Savior in her womb, would, of course, be free from Original Sin.

We hail that dream, that woman, the “new Eve,” and her baby, the “second Adam” tomorrow, December 8th, the Feast of her Immaculate Conception.

We serenade her, the one “clothed with the sun,” carrying the Son in her womb, as she appeared to St. Juan Diego at Guadalupe, on Monday, December 12, her feast.

Nothing transforms a life more than the birth of a baby. A woman becomes a mom, a man a dad, a boy or girl becomes a brother or sister. Their lives are never the same.

No one has transformed history more than the one conceived by the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

We adore Him!
We love her!

It’s advent! We’re back in the Garden of Eden, after the Original Sin, cherishing the “New Eve,” herself immaculately conceived, pregnant with the Second Adam, a fresh start. Her yes to the good angel Gabriel trumps Eve’s yes to the evil angel Lucifer.

The Second Adam’s yes to the tree of the cross, cancels out the first Adam’s no to God’s will in the Garden of Eden.

Good news indeed! She’s pregnant! His birthday is right around the corner! Get the baby’s room — our hearts — ready! Life will never be the same.

Hail Mary, full of Grace!

O come, let us adore Him!

5 Responses to “O come, let us adore Him!”

  1. Mary Louise Helwig-Rodriguez says:

    Great reflection, Archbishop Dolan! Thanks for helping make Advent a little more meaningful.

  2. Sr. Marie-Augustin says:

    And the poor you will always have them. The poor are hungry and when the human is hungry in body mind or soul, it drives itself through yearning, passion and innovation. Without the poor the world would not exist. The rich need the poor and the poor need the rich. But the rich need the poor more.
    Be patient, God lives in the present. The good and holy Bishops have much to do. 60 years of laziness and cowardice has lead to waywardness and two generations of Catholics un catechized. Pray and sacrifice for our Bishops, they are at war, truly it is war.
    In Christo Semper,
    Sr MA, Filia Christi Regis

  3. Carla Sztyber says:

    Thank you for this beautiful reflection and meditation, Archbishop Dolan. Puts my heart right in the place it neeeds to be! God Bless you!

  4. Thanks for another great post. And thanks for blessing our Christmas Luncheon yesterday, making it possible for Catholic Charities to help so many women and children in need. At the same event a few years ago, you spoke on how we are called to “let them into the inn” during their time of need — following the example of “Little Ben”: http://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=534138170827

  5. Seymour Wildman says:

    It’s very interesting. As Catholics we adore the Virgin Mary. After the sign of the cross, the first prayer I learned was the Hail Mary. Catholics believe that Mary was the only human conceived without original sin. She carried the Son of God in her womb. A Woman provided humanity with a “fresh start”. And yet a woman can not be a pope? A woman can not be an arch bishop? A woman can not even be a priest? Why does the Catholic Church cling to such a distorted view of gender and sexuality? Gender is strictly an accident of conception. Maybe there are different roles, but why should one gender be imbued with special privileges of authority? Isn’t it time to allow women to be priests? To allow married people to be priests? Isn’t it time to allow marriage equality? It’s one thing to say that sex outside of marriage is a sin. It is quite another to say that some people can never have sex for the rest of their lives! That attitude reminds me of a response from the physicist Neil Bohr (or maybe Enrico Fermi) to Einstein’s remark that God doesn’t play dice: “Stop telling God what to do.”