Sunday, December 23

Gospel for the Fourth Sunday of Advent—Luke 1:39-45


“Mary set out 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 aloud voice and said, ‘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.”


  • Place yourself in this setting.
  • Who draws your focus?
  • What goes on within you as you quietly reflect on this passage?


Heritage word—“In God’s designs nothing happens by chance, so we may see in Mary’s role the unquestionable first lesson of Christianity.”

(Sister Mary Arthur, 7thProvincial of the Toledo Province)

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