Sunday Homily

Publié le 19 Décembre 2021

"You, Bethlehem Ephratah, the smallest of the clans of Judah, from you will come the one who is to rule Israel for me. God has made a choice, choice to be born in  a clan which is small and weak.  By this birth God expresses his belonging. By nature, which was divine, became the flesh of the flesh, participating in the life and death of humanity, which nevertheless has its heavenly origin. God who called man, come, 'You are my Son,' allowed humanity in Mary to call Him, You are my son, of my flesh.  Mary will give birth to this Flesh, the divine flesh that belongs visibly or by appearance to humanity, represented by Mary. 

The new Eve makes humanity learn, the humanity that God wanted from the beginning of creation, "And Then the man said, 'This time, this is bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh! She shall be called woman - Ishsha - who was taken from man - Ish. She who brought misfortune to mankind by her disobedience will be the same one today who will bring consolation, symbolically reminding us of the transfer of the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem. It is this Ark that carries the Saviour for all humanity. A moment of joy and gladness, the child jumps with joy.

In Mary man has found the divine way, the way that will lead all humanity to the divinity. She will do so in such a way, by bringing Christ to her cousin Elizabeth, the Ark par excellence of the covenant. It is no longer man who goes to seek his God, but God who comes to seek him. After committing the sin, God will come to meet man,  "The Lord God called the man and said to him, "Where are you? It is beautiful that this story is repeated in Elizabeth. God comes for Zechariah, who did not believe the Word spoken by the Lord. His role is reversed. It is in Elizabeth, who knew how to welcome the Mother of God, that Zechariah will find his salvation.  We are all called to be this Marie who carries Jesus to the whole world.

What a beautiful encounter! Two women show us another encounter of two children. One will be silent, but active in accomplishing the divine will and the other will tremble with joy of feeling the presence of this silent worker. In this encounter, moved by the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth reveals the divine motherhood of Mary, her cousin. How is it that the mother of my Lord comes to me? Thus, Mary will carry salvation within her. We are all called to identify the divine presence in the heart of the humanity.

In this exchange of greetings we will feel the presence of the Holy Spirit gathering us together and like Elizabeth, we will recognise the mother of God in our brothers and sisters, the envoys of the Father who are before us and with us. My friends, let this visitation not end here in the church. Let us bring it to life in every human encounter, at home, in the hospital and on the street, etc.

Let us pray,

On this Sunday we turn to you, God our Father. You give us the joy of visiting your Son received in this Eucharist. Fill us with the Holy Spirit so that, with the Virgin Mary and Elizabeth, we may give you thanks and welcome you in our brothers and sisters, with our words and our whole life. Amen.

Rédigé par JOHNBOSCO

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