Posted by: livingscripture | December 21, 2015

Third Monday of Advent

From the Word of the Day

“Mary set out in haste in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.  When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and 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.  And how does this happen to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.  Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”     

(Luke 1: 39-42)

How should we live this Word 0703md03[1]

Mary is described by Luke the Evangelist as the true Holy Ark.  In Exodus, Moses had built the Ark of the Covenant under God’s command (Exodus 25: 10-21).  In the Ark were contained the two tables of the Law of Moses, the tables of the Covenant.  It was for the Israelites, the place of God’s presence in the midst of His people.  But now, the symbol was replaced by the reality.  The time has come!  God no longer lives in an Ark but in a person, in a heart, Mary.  Mary is the Ark of the Covenant because she received Jesus into herself, the living Word, all the content of God’s will.

At the sound of her voice, her cousin Elizabeth exults with joy, dances with joy and, with her, the child in her womb.  Full of the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth blesses her, blesses the fruit of her womb.  She asks Mary with marvel, “How does this happen to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”  Even David, when the Ark was brought to Jerusalem, exclaimed, ‘How is it that the Ark of the Lord comes to me?”  (2 Samuel 6: 9).  There is a difference though.  David’s ‘Ark of the Lord’ becomes ‘the mother of my Lord’ in Elizabeth.  Mary carries the Savior within her.  Let us be filled with awe and with marvel at this truth.  God became human in the womb of a woman!  He lived inside her as in a tabernacle!

At the end of His life, Jesus became bread so that He could enter into our heart and our life because He loves us.  Thus, He lets us be His Ark as well, the Ark of His Presence so that we could all experience the presence of God.

In my pause for silent contemplation, I will savor the grandeur of this stupendous reality…God is in me, dwells in me because He loves me so much.

The life-giving Spirit helps us to be the place of God’s presence, to be this Christmas, the grotto where He is born, His living Tabernacle. 

The Voice of Liturgy Antiphon 

O Rising Star, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice, come, illumine those who live in the shadow of death.

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