Saturday, December 21, 2013

Advent Calendar, December 21

Song of Songs 2:8-14; Luke 1:39-45

Reflection by Sister Jolinda Naas
Switchboard, Chauffeur, Monastery Service

…Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among woman, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” Luke:41-42

How many times have we repeated the phrase “blessed is the fruit of your womb” in our life time? Every time we pray the rosary we repeat that mantra again and again. It becomes such a natural part of the prayer that we say it at times without thinking about the meaning.

Have you ever stopped to think why Elizabeth used the word “fruit” rather than “baby” or “child”? In Webster’s dictionary we find this definition: fruit – the effect, result or consequence of something. Jesus was the result of Mary’s trust and faith in the message of the Angel Gabriel who had been sent from God.

Every fruit has a seed of some type. If that seed is planted, watered, and tended, it will then produce fruit. The child Jesus held the seed of God. Through the teachings and life of Jesus we receive that seed. We in turn must nurture that seed and bear fruit. As we pass that seed on to others by our example and teaching, we will bear fruit.

During these final days of Advent let us pray the “Hail Mary” very thoughtfully and reflect on the words, “Blessed is the fruit of your womb.”

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