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Reflexion for Christmas Day

Sister Joan Mahoney, CND

Christmas Day

Greetings fellow travelers!  Our Advent journey ends today.  I am Winnie Odo, from the East (not the Orient) from Visitation East of Visitation Province which takes in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia.  Together with my husband Gerald we live in a tiny fishing community in Lingan, Cape Breton much like the landscape and seashore that surrounded Jesus as he grew up.  Like Kathy Chadwick who began our journey on November 29th, I have been blessed by the CND Community and Associate Relationship for the past 17 years.

From the Gospel of John 1:1-18, the Mass during the day, these words “the true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world” resonate with me.  The story of the Nativity always reminds me of the light that guided the Magi to the place of our salvation.  John helps me see the inclusivity of Jesus who enlightens ‘everyone’.

As I reflect on my Advent this year I have to confess that for the most part my get up and go, got up and went as we dealt with major health issues that resulted from Gerald’s hip replacement surgery August 19th.  The surgery went well but shortly after he came home from hospital he developed a severe skin infection that required six different rounds of antibiotics.  The last one required 32 treatments administered twice daily intravenously – the end result being two bouts of a deadly bowel infection called C. difficile - more antibiotics that caused us to lose the light that shone so brightly which guided the Magi to Jesus.

The title for Sister Louise Finn’s newest book was in my heart and I wondered “who were the seeds that became gardens within us?”  Mary went through the hill country to be with Elizabeth.  The visitation that took place was certainly ‘seeds that became gardens’ that everyone can enjoy today.  As we lived through Advent this year we felt the Power of the prayers that were being offered for us, each one, a seed that became a garden, a light for the journey that dispelled the darkness and filled us with hope and gratitude as we awaited the birth of the Bethlehem Babe.  Perhaps you may ponder on who were seeds and light in your own lives.  This Christmas morning the words from O Come, O Come Emmanuel will become light and seed for me.  The child within will leap for joy as I hear:

                        O Come, O Come Emmanuel

                                    And ransom captive Israel

                        That mourns in lonely exile here

                                    Until the son of God appear

                        Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel

                                    Shall come to thee, O Israel

Sister Joan Mahoney, CND
Coordinator of the CND Associate Relationship


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