Thursday December 21
Third Week of Advent
A new season of growth
  • Song of Songs 2:8-14
  • Psalm 33: 2-3,11-12,20-21
  • Luke 1:39-45

Let us exalt and praise the name of Jesus as we prepare our hearts for the celebration of his Nativity. The First reading shows a beautiful illustration of a new season: Spring. It is a season to embrace new growth and new beginnings just as the flowers and vines are in bloom, and there is a sense of excitement and freshness in the air. We can sense God’s presence and wonder through nature. The Responsorial psalm reminds us of our relationship with God. We are being reminded of the divine love of the Father: that he has chosen us as his people to claim his inheritance for many generations. When we wait on the Lord, he comes to our aid and becomes our protector. It is a blessing and privilege that we can enjoy as disciples of Christ. When we reflect on the Gospel proclamation, we can see how Elizabeth was excited and joyful to see Mary. The news of the new baby was such a blessing to the family. God spoke a word and the Word became flesh in the womb of Mother Mary.

Prayer: Abba Father, give us the grace to be open to your Word and declare your Word with faith, that it may bear fruit. Amen.

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