Advent is traditionally a time to prepare for God's coming into the world. In an historical sense, God's coming is describerd in the birth of Jesus, but the story of the birth of the divine child is also a story of God coming into our everyday consciousness. Advent in drawing our attention to God's coming, invites us to listen, to be consciuous of how God is coming to us daily and how, as experienced by the young mother Mary, that is both troubling and grand. In Simone Martini's Annunciation (1333), Mary is apprehensive but also curious. Advent invites us to listen, to hear what new thing God is doing in our lives and in the world and then allow ourselves to be a part of that new consciousness.