I thought some of you might enjoy reflecting on this quote about Advent from The Rhythm of the Christian Year: Renewing the Religious Cycle of Festivals
by Emil Bock, one of the founders of the Christian Community,
the Church inspired by the work of Rudolf Steiner. I love the gentleness of this passage ad the image of Mary and the Earth as One.
During Advent-time we have to learn to greet the star. When the haze of the old year has lifted completely, space is open, the atmosphere is purified and stars begin to stream down into our earthly existence. With the starry forces, heaven now sows new life into Earth’s womb. Do the snowflakes not have starry shapes? The weeks of Advent are Mother Earth’s time of conception. And at Christmas, Earth becomes Mary and delivers her child. Within Earth’s innermost depths a seed of light is engendered by the stars. Earth’s inmost depths become the manger in which the little child sends out Light as He rises….
What we can learn is this: that we must reach down in our depths when we wish to tread an inner path, even as the Earth brings new life from deep in her depths. We will be in limbo, in mid air as it were, throughout our life if we do not begin from deep within. Profound concentration, quiet and devotion are required for this. Only in the manger of his innermost being can the human being turn to Mary and receive the essential Christmas gift.
Posted on December 10, 2007 in Seasons and Festivals