Homily (Reflection) for 21st December, 2016: Weekday of Advent on the Gospel
Song 2:8-14 or Zeph 3:14-18;Ps 32:2-3.11-12.20-21. (R. vv. 1.3);
Topic: Mary’s visit to Elizabeth.
The mother of Jesus set out in today’s gospel to visit her kinswoman Elizabeth whom the angel made her to know was in the sixth month of her pregnancy (cf. Lk 1:36). Mary went as quickly as she could to a Judean town in the hill country where Elizabeth was living with her husband. The greeting of Mary made John the Baptist to leap with joy in the womb of his mother, Elizabeth who was immediately filled with the Holy Spirit. It was under the influence of the Holy Spirit that she exclaimed with a loud cry part of that beautiful prayer, the Hail Mary: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” (Lk 1:42).
As we come closer and closer to Christmas, Jesus wants us to visit others especially those who need our help just as He and His mother did in today’s gospel. It is important to note among other things that the gospel did not tell us the things Mary and Jesus took along while visiting Elizabeth. Mary’s greeting alone brought about divine transformation in the life of Elizabeth and her unborn child. So even if you have nothing material, your visit alone worth more than what you can imagine. Again, delay might be dangerous. Mary set out immediately. So, why delay? Set out today or even now.
This visit ought not be limited to one’s friends and relatives alone, cf. Ex 23:5; Prov 25:21. Jesus is the king of peace, cf. Is 9:6.
Bible Reading: Ex 23:1-9.
Thought for today: Visit someone today and/or during this season, cf. Matt 25:36, 43.
Let us pray: May Jesus the King of peace accompany us as we visit others – Amen.
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