21st of December (English)

Publié le 21 Décembre 2018

Gospel text

(Lc 1,39-45): 

Mary then set out for a town in the Hills of Judah. She entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leapt in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with holy spirit, and giving a loud cry, said, «You are most blessed among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb! How is it that the mother of my Lord comes to me? The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby within me suddenly leapt for joy. Blessed are you who believed that the Lord's word would come true!».


The Application


The more we get closer to Christmas, the better we understand the divine mystery of incarnation. Thus, it is important that we observe all the human encounters closely, because it is in and through them God reveals Himself to the humanity.

In this particular encounter, we certainly find in Mary a special kind of hurriedness. The gospel gives us the source of this energy: Holy Spirit. In every these human encounters, we will find how closely these people are animated by God and how much they are faithful in their engagements.

Once we are inspired by the Holy Spirit, every human encounters will be ‘de facto’ transformed into a divine encounter, because God will be centre of these encounters. It is here we learn to see the invisible elements of life. Elisabeth and John Baptist could see already the saviours, though invisible to the eyes, but very much the centre of this meeting. Very often God works like this and we are invited slowly to discover these divine mysteries, which are the essential part of our life.

Daily Quote from the early church fathers:

John prophecies from the womb, 

by Maximus of Turin (died between 408-423 AD)

"Not yet born, already John prophesies and, while still in the enclosure of his mother's womb, confesses the coming of Christ with movements of joy - since he could not do so with his voice. As Elizabeth says to holy Mary, 'As soon as you greeted me, the child in my womb exulted for joy.' John exults, then, before he is born. Before his eyes can see what the world looks like, he can recognize the Lord of the world with his spirit. In this regard, I think that the prophetic phrase is appropriate: 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you came forth from the womb I sanctified you' (Jeremiah 1:5). Thus we ought not to marvel that after Herod put him in prison, he continued to announce Christ to his disciples from his confinement, when even confined in the womb he preached the same Lord by his movements." (excerpt from SERMON 5.4)

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