Zechariah 2:14-17 or Rev 11:19a; 12:1-6a, 10ab
Judith 13:18bcde, 19
Luke 1:26-38 or Lk 1:39-47
Reading I: Zec 2:14-17
Responsorial Psalm: Judith 13: 18bcde, 19
Gospel: Lk 1:26-38
Gospel: Lk 1:39-47
I cite the above passages from the selections of readings for today to show the vibrating energy of praise existing in these readings. Mary is praised for her “grace” and virtuous beauty. Mary praises her Lord and God because God has given her all that she has and is – “grace.”
It’s as if two mirrors are placed facing each other…each reflecting the other…and the reflection goes on, and on, and on…
The reflected rays are not contained in the mirrors but radiate outward to bathe those surrounding in their light.
That’s it…that’s what this season of Advent is all about…
On December 25th the Christian tradition celebrates the “moment” the Light is born among us…to continue It’s radiation throughout all eternity.
Good and gracious God, help us pause today to reflect upon this Handmaid, named Mary, and the Light she holds. Help us to be more ready to absorb and reflect the gift of Light this season.
“Hail, Mary, full of grace…” (Help us be filled with grace and be
a blessing to those who are in our worlds…our families, friends, colleagues.)
“…. and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus.”
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