Advent Reflection on Hospitality

Today’s gospel reflects a decision. To accept God’s calling and risk rejection from society, or to hear what God asks of us and to say no. “Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word” Mary made the decision to possibly sacrifice her perceived innocence, her future marriage, and her womb with more certainty than I could ever imagine. She said yes to becoming the mother of Jesus even though it meant that she would be an outcast. Lydia’s House is a prime example of the hospitality of taking in (and thus