Tuesday, December 12, 2006

Do Whatever He Tells You

Advent must begin with Mary, who presents us with the infant Christ. “The flesh of Jesus is
the flesh of Mary,” St. Augustine wrote. “The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.”
When I go to the crib this year I will think, as I always do, that we are not dependent on the
governments of this world for our safety, but “the government will be upon His shoulder.” This
baby cradled in a manger, this boy talking to the doctors in the temple, this youth working with St.
Joseph as carpenter, this teacher walking the roads of Palestine, “Do whatever He tells you,” Mary
told us.
First published in the November 26, 1966, issue of Ave Maria at Notre Dame, IN.