Wishing you a Blessed Christmas!
There is a famous icon of the scene of the Visitation. It depicts two peasant woman - Elizabeth and Mary - both pregnant, greeting each other. Everything about it suggests smallness, littleness, obscurity, dust, small-town, insignificance. What you see is two rather plain-looking women, standing in the dust of an unknown village. Nothing suggests that either of them, or anything they are doing or carrying, is out of the ordinary or of much significance. Who could have imagined that these two women, in this obscure town, in this obscure place, in this obscure time, were carrying inside of themselves something that would radically and forever change the world? What these obscure peasant women were gestating and carrying inside of themselves changed the world radically and forever.
There is a lesson in this for us and a message of hope: Never underestimate living in obscurity. Never underestimate the impact in history of silent, hidden gestation. All of us live in obscurity, hidden to the world, and yet pregnant with silent promise. All of us live the martyrdom of obscurity, the martyrdom of a life within which we do not have adequate self-expression. There is a relentless pressure inside of each of us that pushes us to be known, to make a difference, to make our lives count in terms of the big picture. Thus, we yearn to do great things, big things, things that affect beyond the boundaries of the small towns we all live in. We sit inside of our own lives and we feel unknown, small-time, undistinguished and frustrated because most of our riches are unknown to others. We have so much to give to the world, but the world doesn’t know it.
Reflecting on this dusty scene can help to ease our restlessness and bring us peace: in the obscurity of our small towns and within the frustration of lives that seem too small for us, we can become pregnant with hope. After a long and humble gestation process, which is not known to the world, we can bring that hope to full term and give birth to God’s potential within us. May it be so for all of us. We all count. We all make a difference.
(Summarized from article by Fr Ron Rolheiser)
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the Lord rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn." (Isaiah 60:1-3)
May you uncover more of your divine hidden potential
May you release God's glory within you to shine without you
with love and blessings from Leela x