I will allure her into the desert and speak tenderly to her heart. – Hosea 2:14
I was blessed to have a heartfelt and thought-provoking conversation with my sister Laura about the ‘Advent desert.’ I’ve included the video of that conversation at the bottom of this reflection.
Laura began by explaining: The Advent desert is that place we come to meet Jesus, barren of the things of the world that distract us from Him. In the “desert” we can set aside all that pulls us away from His heart. There, it is easier to recognize Him; to recognize the ways He comes to us with His love and His living water.
Mary journeyed across the Judean desert during the very first Advent. Let us ask her to guide us along our journey to meet her Son. We can ask her for the spiritual courage to say yes to His love and His will. We can ask Mary for the spiritual fearlessness to allow ourselves to come barren before the Lord so we may fully receive His life-giving Living Water.
My dear Jesus, I have heard You calling to me to come away with You. Help me accept Your invitation despite my fears and insecurities. Take me by the hand and gently lead me into the Advent desert. I open all of my heart to You, including the dry barren places. I want to receive all the love You have for me. I trust in Your Love. Mother Mary, please be my constant guide and my companion. Help me to prepare by doing less and trusting more, by being still and quiet, open and receptive. Teach me to say yes to our Lord. Amen.