“There was once a wise woman travelling in the mountains who found a precious stone in a stream. The next day she met another traveller who was hungry, and she opened her bag to share her food. The hungry traveller saw the precious stone and asked if she might give it to him. She did so without hesitation. The traveller left, rejoicing in his good for-tune. He knew the stone was worth enough to give him security for a lifetime, but a few days later he came back to return the stone to the woman who had given it to him. ‘I’ve been thinking,” he said, “I know how valuable the stone is, but I’m giving it back in the hope that you can give me something much more precious. I want you to give me what you have within you that enabled you to give me the stone.’ She said: “The more you share of your-self, the more you grow.”
During this holy season of Advent we are invited to make a real preparation for that one gift we are going to receive from God through Mary. God chose Mary to bring that gift in-to the world. It was announced and foretold by many Holy men and women for several cen-turies and when Mary was asked by the angel Gabriel, she accepted the invitation from God because she knew the more she shares the more she will grow and help others to grow.
As we are proximately approaching the celebration of Christmas, this season leads us with the aspect of a great mystery to understand what God is offering us, and at the same time our personal preparedness to receive that valuable gift from God through Mary. Jesus is the pure and perfect gift that God could think of giving to the humanity. Yes, if God could Je-sus his Son, what gift can I return to God?
God does not desire anything from us except we love Him wholeheartedly and love our brothers and sister as we love ourselves. In other words, during this Christmas and there-after let our generous love for God and one another, be deeply challenged. May it propel within us to transform into an opportunity and hope for others. Let it become our finest quali-ty, our shining nature as human beings in our relationship to our fellow being. May we grow with courage and wisdom, hope and faith, generosity and simplicity sharing and caring our life more and more with one another like the woman who shared the precious stone.
Fr. Jacob Alvares, SAC.