Zechariah’s canticle of praise reveals both the work of John the Baptist and the glory of the Lord. God continues to work in our world; may this Christmas renew our faith as we do our part to share the Good News with one another.
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John’s birth and his naming foreshadow the glory of Jesus. God’s great work of salvation leads us to rejoice as we witness how the Lord involves many (including us!) in the mission of Jesus Christ.
Mary’s proclaims God’s greatness, and her example inspires us to place the Lord first in all that we say and do.
The exchange between Elizabeth and Mary follows up the events we heard at Mass yesterday. Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, recognizes Jesus as her own child (John the Baptist) leaps for joy in her womb. May this Christmas offer us the opportunity to draw near to the Lord and be filled with the same Spirit!
Photo Credit: The Nativity Story, Newline, 2006.
The interchange between Gabriel and Mary offers us rich insights regarding how we embrace our faith.
Annunciation, Bottecelli, 1481, Uffizi, Florence, Italy.
We call upon the Lord as Emmanuel which means “God is with us” when we are alone, exhausted, searching and sinful. May we turn to the Lord in our need and rejoice in the saving power of God!
The Virgin in Adoration of the Child, Correggio, 1518-1520, Ufizzi, Florence, Italy.
The genealogy of Jesus outlined in Matthew’s Gospel recalls the crucial role of family. Our families are crucial networks where we grow and face the challenges of life. While no one has a perfect family (certainly not Jesus!) we all can find within our own families opportunities to foster faith, hope and love.