Posted by: livingscripture | December 20, 2011

Fourth Tuesday of Advent

From the Word of the Day 

“Coming to her, he said, “Hail, full of grace!  The lord is with you.”

                                       Luke 1: 28                                                                                                 

How should we live this Word 

This Gospel passage becomes more urgent as we near Christmas.  On Sunday we saw how Mary believed the Angel’s words and fully involved herself in God’s salvific plan.  Today we will contemplate the beauty and the marvel of God’s gift to Mary.  Mary is in her home at Nazareth and probably occupied with domestic chores.  The Angel enters and greets her in a stupendous way.  His words, “full of grace, the Lord is with you,” signify that God dwells in Mary.  The Lord is in love with the young Mary, who belongs entirely to Him.  She is full of Him, a virgin in the full sense of the word.  She is privileged from her mother’s womb because of her mission to conceive and bring forth to the world Jesus, the Savior.  Her ‘yes’ opened a new era, the passage from death to new life in the merciful God.  He “looked upon the humility of His servant” and had pity on all of humanity.  This is why Mary is always beside her Son, the blessed among women. 

Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will place myself in Mary’s company.  Through her faith and humility, she drew God’s glance to herself.  She savored an intimate relationship with the Holy Trinity.  God is always pleased with those who love Him. 

Lord, help me to take seriously Your invitation to a more intense interior life with You, one that brings fruit for all my sisters and brothers.  Mary, Mother of Jesus and my Mother, help me to know and love your Son with my entire being.

The voice of F. Dostoevsky, Russian Author 

Brethren, love is a teacher but we have to know how to acquire it.  It is acquired with difficulty.  A high price is paid for it, with continuous labor for a long time because we must not love only for an instant, accidentally, but to the end.

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