Sunday, December 20, 2015
Reflection: Luke 1:39-45
Sunday of the Fourth Week of Advent – Luke 1:39-45
This Gospel begins as Mary sets off to travel in haste to the hill country to the town of Judah. When she arrived there, Mary went to the house of Zechariah and greeted her cousin, Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant Elizabeth was carrying “leaped in her womb." In that instant, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Elizabeth said to Mary: “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. How is it that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Was Elizabeth astonished at the words that she uttered? Where did these words come from? Clearly, Elizabeth had received this revelation from God. She knew that the child that Mary was carrying a very special child. She realized that this child would be her Lord.
Do we take Jesus’ coming into the world for granted? Or are we amazed, astounded, and filled with joy that our Lord Jesus came to earth as a small, fragile, baby boy? He was born to peasants, not royalty. He wanted to become “one of us." He wanted to walk among us.
Today Jesus will come to us. Most likely, he will come to when we least expect him. He may come disguised as a friend or he may come to us in the helping hand of a stranger. Perhaps Jesus simply will come in quiet and peace.
Be awake throughout this day. You may encounter Jesus several times and others may meet Jesus through you.