A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke 1:39-45
At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth.When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
REFLECTION: As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy
Both Mary and Elizabeth were joyful and filled with the Holy Spirit. John the Baptist leaped for joy as the Holy Spirit revealed to him the presence of God, made man. "No one will take your joy from you". (John 16:22)
As Christmas is nearing, remember the joy we hold in our hearts when surrounded by family and friends. This joy of God in us is a promise made by God . It is part of our inheritance -part of our life with God. It is Love at its maximum--sharing His love is what God does for us. We look forward to that joy that is serene and totally independent of what happens to us in life because we are being cared for, watched over and carried by our God, our Father. What greater joy, to abandon ourselves to God's will and feel so comfortable and confident that nothing will happen to us without God walking that same road with us.
For the remainder of Advent, let us, especially as we near the first coming of Jesus, abandon ourselves to the joy of being God's adopted child, inheritor of His Divine Kingdom. Let us remember that though we are filled with joy we will have sorrow just as Mary did, but we are driven by the faith, hope and trust in God's promises.