Friday, December 21, 2018

"People are made for happiness. Rightly you thirst for happiness. Christ has the answer to this desire. But he asks you to trust Him."

"Act in a way that all those who come in contact with you will go away joyful. Sow happiness about you because you have received much from God." - St. Faustina: (1905–1938was a Polish Roman Catholic nun and mystic)

Gospel Text: (LK 1:39-45)
Mary set out 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."

Elizabeth's faith, John leaping in Elizabeth's womb and Mary's Magnificat are at the center of today's Gospel reading. Two women of great faith came together to celebrate God's love for them and for humankind: John and the Messiah, both in the wombs of their mothers, celebrate with them. 

May we stand with them in their faith in God's word and promises and in their enthusiastic participation in God's wonderful plans for them and humankind.

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