Third Friday of Advent

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD December 21, 2018 Third Friday of Advent WORD of the DAY When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled”. (Luke 1: 42-45) How shall I live this Word? This is the meeting of two expectant mothers. This passage is filled with words of joy and blessedness. John leaps for joy in his mother’s womb when he hears Mary’s voice. The Virgin exults with joy when she hears herself recognized as the Mother of the Messiah. Thus an overflowing joy erupts from all of them as they recognize the great gifts of God. He is a God who has come close and visits His people. The visit of...