How Will You Say “Yes” in 2015?

preschooler-raising-handBy Sister Stefanie MacDonald, OSB

As we experience the final Sunday of Advent – where Mary says “yes” to God – we are invited to explore our own hearts, our own responses.

Do we say “Yes” to God? To hope? To tomorrow?

Sister Joan Chittister, OSB says Advent gives us pause to consider such questions:

Advent relieves us of our commitment to the frenetic in a fast-paced world.  It slows us down.  It makes us think.  It makes us look beyond today to the “great tomorrow” of life.  

Without Advent, moved only by the race to nowhere that exhausts the world around us, we could be so frantic with trying to consume and control this life that we fail to develop within ourselves a taste for the spirit that does not die and will not slip through our fingers like melted snow. …

Advent asks the question, what is it for which you are spending your life?  What is the star you are following now?  And where is that star in its present radiance in your life leading you?  Is it a place that is really comprehensive enough to equal the breadth of the human soul?

Let’s end this Advent series on those questions. That is, What star will you follow now? How will you say “Yes” in 2015?

2 thoughts on “How Will You Say “Yes” in 2015?

  1. The image of Mary is one of a confident, loving and trusting woman. I like this story because it shows us a different version of Mary–a scared young woman. Despite her fear, Mary places her trust in God; it is Mary’s resounding ‘yes’ that enables God to fulfill His plan in bringing Jesus to us. The wise men will follow the star and find the brightest star laying in a manger in Bethlehem.

    Two thousand and fifteen years later people are still following the Star wondering where He will lead them. To continue following the Star, I need to step back from everything and work through some things. When the time is right, I know the Star will lead me wherever I am supposed to go. Like Mary, I am scared but I put my trust in God. It will be okay. Everything will work out. He is with me.


    • Julie, That “yes” is important, absolutely! We need to follow the star. But when things cloud the sky, you’re right, we sometimes must step back. This gives us time to work through those clouds, to blow them away, so we can see the star again … and let God lead us where we called. Blessings, Sister Stefanie


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