Serving the Word: 21st December


Luke 1, 39-45:

“Mary got up and went in haste to the hill country, to a city of Judah; she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth…. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and she lifted up her voice and cried out, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! Who am I that the mother of my Lord should visit me?


On receiving the angel’s message, Mary set out on her journey. Thus Mary sets out on a journey of faith and trust in the Lord.

When she enters Zechariah’s house, she is proclaimed blessed because she has believed.

Mary is presented to us today as a model of a believer.

In a few days’ time we will see God as a child in Bethlehem.

It takes a good dose of faith to adore God in the cry of a newborn baby, in the swaddling clothes of a baby, in a little creature hanging on the breast of a young mother, in a tiny child lying in a manger….

And God is there. He is Emmanuel, God with us.

Accompany and be accompanied today by Mary. May she teach you to believe and may she also teach you to see God in the small and the humble, even if wrapped in swaddling clothes.

Ask her to help you prepare for Christmas by focusing on what is essential and putting what is secondary in the background. The important thing is the Child, not the swaddling clothes.

Good day to you.

Antonio Sanjuan Cmf


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