Thursday of the Third Week of Advent


Reading: Luke 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.”


Wonder. Elizabeth had to have been filled with wonder, amazement, and awe. In such a brief moment, she was filled with grace by the Holy Spirit and was then able to recognize the mother of her Lord. Her infant in her womb physically responded to Mary’s voice. What an exciting moment. Elizabeth acknowledged and validated Mary’s condition both as mother of our Lord as well as Mary’s ‘Yes’ to our Lord’s calling. I want to be like Elizabeth and to trust in God’s plan for me.

Let us bring this sense of wonder and awe to our lives by not just saying ‘Yes’ to God’s calling but in receiving the gifts and joy of the graces of the Holy Spirit. Saying ‘yes’ is marks the beginning of this wonder-filled relationship with God. Let us take a moment to revel in the joy of the anticipation of our Lord coming into our lives. Let us take time to celebrate this invitation of love and peace. Let us pray with St Mother Teresa: Make us worthy, Lord, to serve others throughout the world who live and die in poverty or hunger. Give them through our hands, this day their daily bread and by our understand love, give peace and joy.

– Fr. John Bye-Torre, FCM

Action Step

Take some time today to renew our devotion to our blessed mother.   She is a great example for us and she continues to intercede for us in heaven.  May we follow her footsteps in giving birth to Christ in the world.



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