Sunday, December 23, 2018

Advent 4- Joy to the World

Advent 4- Joy to the World

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women,and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

There is so much I love in this section of Scripture. 
The importance of family and the cousins- Mary and Elizabeth.  
We don't really know much about how they were related.
Those details must not enhance the story.
 Mary had recently had a rough patch of days when the word got out
 about her pregnancy and she was yet unmarried. 
Sometimes it is good to be in the warmth of the unconditional love of family. 
Elizabeth was living out her own unlikely pregnancy.
 I am sure they had much to talk about
 when they finally got together. 
But. the amazing affirmation of supernatural 
was the "silent conversation" between mother to be- Mary 
and Elizabeth's babe in the womb.
The Messiah has come!
In these last hours of Advent, it is good to be reminded that 
Joy to the World has certainly come.
Let us be surprised by Joy- 
and not fall into the jaded repetition of tradition only.
May we receive this gift, 
and acknowledge that HE is the one
 who has overcome the world.
Pax Domini-
 Peace of the Lord to you!

 Printable resources from the Visual Church Year-
Colored Pencils 
Washi Tape 
Junk mail and household magazines

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