Christ used the flesh and blood of Mary for his life on earth, the Word of love was uttered in her heartbeat. Christ used his own body to utter his love on earth; his perfectly real body, with bone and sinew and blood and tears; Christ uses our bodies to express his love on earth, our humanity. A Christian life is a sacramental life, it is not a life lived only in the mind, only by the soul…Our humanity is the substance of the sacramental life of Christ in us, like the wheat for the host, like the grape for the chalice.
—Caryll Houselander
The Comforting of Christ


We don’t often think of our bodies as instruments of salvation, but the sheer physicality of Christ’s birth invites us out of bloodless piety and into the messy humanity of Mary and Joseph. After all, the whole Christmas story begins when God humbly asks Mary if she will let divinity take flesh in her.

We can share in Mary’s call. With the help of God’s grace, we can offer ourselves with the same simplicity: “The day before me is yours, God. Use me, like Mary, to bring Jesus to birth.”

I admit it’s an audacious prayer but the miracle of Christmas can give us courage.
The much loved British writer, Caryll Houselander, assures us, “God uses our bodies to express his love on earth…”

This Advent, can we say, with Mary, “Let it be done to me according to your word?” Can we believe that God is waiting to redeem the world through your “yes” and through mine?

Let’s help each other. Let’s dare to say, “Yes, Lord Jesus – yes, always YES.”