Sunday, December 23, 2018
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Today's Gospel has Mary going to visit Elizabeth. I read that Elizabeth, "six months pregnant, probably coping with swollen feet and a backache, could quite understandably have stayed in seclusion when her young cousin dropped in with her unborn child... Think what Elizabeth would have missed. Think what we might miss when we shut ourselves up behind our busyness or loneliness...Open the door and let Jesus in for heaven's sake- or rather for your own." From Daily Reflection for Advent and Christmas: Waiting in Joyful Hope 2018-2019 by Genevieve Glen.
And think of Mary, newly arrived at Elizabeth's after a long journey on foot or donkey. She has a betrothed husband, but she is carrying a child that is not his. She can't give any explanation most people would understand. What does she have to praise God for?
She praises God first for his love for her.... But Mary goes on almost immediately to praise God for the good he will do for others through her Son...