Posted by: livingscripture | December 21, 2011

Fourth Wednesday of Advent

From the Word of the Day 

“Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, ‘Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”

                                                 Luke 1: 41-42                                                                                              

How should we live this Word


The passage of the Song of Songs in today’s first reading expresses some of the joy that filled Mary after the angel’s announcement and her promptness in going to visit her cousin Elizabeth.  At the moment of the angel’s visit, she was probably occupied with her domestic chores while contemplating in her heart God’s words.  She deemed herself a handmaiden, never dreaming she would be the Mother of the Savior.  But God has a way of upsetting all our logic.  He chooses her because of her humility of mind and heart that renders her the welcoming space for His Son.  And she, still considering herself a Handmaid, acquiesces and hurries to help her cousin Elizabeth, to render service to her as a servant would do.  Her humility remains intact.  She is indeed, full of grace, full of God, full of Jesus.


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 with a humble heart. 

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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