4th Sunday of Advent (23rd December, 2018)
First Reading: Mic 5:1-4a (Ruler of Israel)
Second Reading: Heb 10:5-10 (Here I am to your will)
Gospel: Lk 1:39-45 (Mary visits Elizabeth)
In the Gospel of Luke today, Mary is rushing to Judea to meet Elizabeth her cousin, since she got to know that Elizabeth is pregnant. As Mary greets, the baby in Elizabeth’s womb leapt and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth proclaims that Mary is the most blessed of all women and is surprised by the visit from the mother of the Lord.
Let’s try to visualise what happened in the Gospel today, Mother Mary, hearing the news of her elderly cousin being pregnant, she would have concluded that it is the right time to help Elizabeth. She goes and greets Elizabeth. This is not a short distance to travel and that too at a time when Mary knew that she has conceived by the holy spirit and it is a difficult time to accept it as well; however, Mary’s priority is the health and the well-being of her elderly cousin Elizabeth.
Is it not the same character traits that we see in Mother Mary even in our day to day life? She is a helping mother to all of us. In every difficult situation our first call goes to Mother Mary to intercede and to pray for us. And she does it time and again unremittingly.
Now, as we approach Christmas, let’s pray for all those women who are longing for a child and also all the pregnant women of this world to be touched by the holy spirit. Amen.