Posted by: livingscripture | December 23, 2009

Fourth Wednesday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

 When the time arrived for Elizabeth to have her child she gave birth to a son.  Her neighbors and relatives heard that the Lord had shown his great mercy toward her, and they rejoiced with her.

                                                                                              Luke 1: 57-58

How should we live this Word

 The elderly Elizabeth gives birth to a child and the newness of the Gospel is born, because this child is the precursor, the one who prepares the way for Jesus in the hearts of the people.  What is new marks a break with regard to what is old.  In this case it is the tradition to give the father’s name to the son.

 Inspired from on High, Elizabeth and Zechariah say that the child shall be called John.  This name means, ‘God gives grace’.  With this name, Malachy’s prophecy is fulfilled when, from the distant centuries, he had seen the One who would prepare and announce the coming of the promised Messiah, after having remained in the desert.  Today’s entire Gospel is pervaded by the mystery of this newness that already brings the joy of the Good News.

 All this comes about through God’s mercy in ending Elizabeth’s sterility.  The neighbors and relatives rejoice.  It is precisely this joy that speaks to us today.

 Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will reflect on the fact that where there are evangelical actions such as goodness, forgiveness, service, joy cannot be lacking.  It is truly authentic only when it is shared.

 Lord, grant that I may await Your birth with the joy of those who know how to see the good in daily life lived in happiness that is spread and shared.

 The voice of Vatican Council II

 ‘The unsurpassable vertex of the perspective indicated is the life of Jesus of Nazareth, the New Man, in solidarity with humanity to His death on the cross.’  It is always possible to recognize in Him the living Sign of that limitless, transcendent love of God- with- us.  He takes upon Himself the weight of His people’s infirmities.  He walks with them, saves them, and builds them in unity.

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