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Friday of the Second Week of Advent | Beth Mayr

Today is the feast of St. Lucy. We don’t know much about St. Lucy, but stories abound about her wearing candles on her head — earning herself connections to light. The image of light is striking in the midst of a dark December, leading up to the shortest day of the year in just 8 days, followed by the light of the birth of Christ a few days later. That contrast — light in the midst of darkness — is a reminder from God about who He is. Today’s response in the Psalm affirms that: “Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.” Where are you finding light this Advent, this December, this year?

St. Lucy is also the patron saint of blindness, due to a story about her eyes being removed and then restored when she died. I’m reminded of our Cathedral staff who visited the National Federation of the Blind a few weeks ago — they were invited by a parishioner to learn more about the community and how we can be intentional about supporting people who are blind. Rev Kev shared that even moving scooters out from the middle of the sidewalk can be a huge help to someone who is blind. In honor of St. Lucy, I encourage you to be mindful of fallen scooters and scooters blocking the sidewalk, and do an act of kindness (and act of light!) this Advent to support our blind brothers and sisters. 

Maybe you don’t see any scooters around — that’s okay. Instead, or in addition, think of how you can be a light to people who are marginalized this Advent. Can you show your light by Adopting a Family at our sister parish, Immaculate Conception in West Baltimore? Can you set aside time on December 22 to volunteer with Loaves and Fishes, making and delivering meals to people experiencing hunger? Jesus spent much of his time with the marginalized in society, and I encourage you to see how you can radiate Christ’s light through one of the many service opportunities this winter. St. Lucy would surely be proud!

Lord, we are grateful for your reminder of light in the midst of a dark Advent — the light that we’ll see for Jesus’ birth, the light that we see from Christ every day in our lives. Help us to live as St. Lucy did, living out our faith by showing Your light to people in need. Amen.

-Beth Mayr