Message of the Week

Reflections from the December 20 Gospel

Luke 1:39-45
Mary was newly pregnant by the power of the Holy Spirit. A child was already growing within her womb, but the whole thing was an incredible secret. Who would believe her? We know that at some point, Joseph had a vision in a dream that allowed him to understand. But before that dream came, he was planning to part ways with Mary. It must have been during that difficult time that Mary went to see Elizabeth. And what joy that upon her arrival, Elizabeth immediately understood. “Blessed is the fruit of your womb,” Elizabeth cried out. The same Holy Spirit who conceived Jesus in Mary’s womb enlightened Elizabeth at this moment. What a consolation this must have been to Mary.
This story reminds us of the importance of our own fellowship in the faith. Sharing our spiritual journey with other believers who are receptive to the Holy Spirit is meant to be a source of encouragement and strength. We are not supposed to be in this alone. As we worship and celebrate together with our faith community, may we share with each other the real joy of this sacred season.

Questions of the Week

Luke 1:39-45
Luke offers us only limited details of
the encounter between Mary and Elizabeth.
What do you imagine occurred during the rest
of their time together?
Micah 5:1-4a
Why do you think it took nearly eight hundred years for Micah’s prophecy to be fulfilled?
Hebrews 10:5-10
What most challenges you with the commandment to do God’s “will”?