A Journey of Faith and Love

I will share my faith this Christmas season with a friend or relative in need
by Father Matthew Kaderabek, LC | Source: Catholic.net
Visita de la Virgen a su prima Isabel

Luke 1:39-45

Introductory Prayer: Lord, help me to settle my mind and my heart. Be I know that you are present in this prayer to me. I want Help me to turn aside from all distractions. and iIncrease my faith in your action in my life. You are leading me to yourself. Help me to place myself more fully in your hands. Increase my faith so that I will do anything and suffer anything for you. Use me as an instrument of your grace in the lives of those I meet today.

Petition: Lord, help me to follow Mary’s example of faith and love, and bring you to others this Christmas.

1. Mary, oOur Advent mModel: Mary is truly the our model of how we should be living our Advent, in our preparingation for Christ’s arrival tomorrow. God the Father had prepared her from the first moment of her conceptionlife to be the worthy mother of his Son. Like a faithful daughter of Israel, she had prayed throughout her youth for the coming of the Messiah. When she was a young lady, she discovered that she was part of God’s answer to that prayer, but in a way that would have far exceeded any Hebrew maiden’s prayers: not only would the Messiah be her son, but her son would also be God. Her “fiat”, her wholehearted “yes!” to the Archangel Gabriel, launched the proximate preparation for the birth of Jesus the Messiah. Let us enter in to Mary’s response of faith, which that is a guide for us along our own pilgrimage of faith. Let u’s listen to the beat of Mary’s contemplative heart that was treasuring within her breast this greatest of all mysteries, so that our Christmas may be as fruitful as that first Christmas.

2. Someone Wwho lLoves tTakes nNotice of the dDetails:. No sooner had the Archangel left Mary in Nazareth after announcing to her that she would play an important role in God’s incredible plan of salvation, did than Mary herself madeke plans to depart. She went with haste to help her elderly kinswoman Elizabeth, whom she learned was pregnant for the first time. Gabriel had not instructed Mary to go to Elizabeth’s aid, nor did he even suggest it. Mary’s great love was sufficient to causemake her to spring into action and embark upon the long sixty-mile journey to Elizabeth’s hometown outside Jerusalem. It was, a trip she most likely traveled alone and on foot. There is no evidence that either Joseph or her parents accompanied her. In undertaking this challenging and potentially dangerous journey, Mary showed — as she did at the wedding feast in Cana — that someone who loves takes notice of the details. and She showed that someone who loves, does whatever possible to lend a helping hand, even at the cost of considerable sacrifice. We can imagine that this was Mary’s way attitude from her earliest childhood.

3. Be aA Missionary — bBring Christ! By going to Elizabeth’s aid, Mary — carrying the tiny Jesus in her womb — became the first missionary,;, the first bearer of the Good News that would change all of human history. Mary was able to bring incredible joy to both Elizabeth and the fetal John the Baptist in her womb precisely because she was bringing Christ. And Mary was able to burst out with her beautiful Magnificat for the very same reason. To bring joy to others this Christmas, we really have to bring them Christ. He is the greatest gift we could ever bring to someone we love — all the material goods in the world fall flat in comparison. Without sharing Jesus, we are not giving our loved ones anything that is truly lasting. Bring Christ and you bring everything. 

Conversation with Christ: Lord Jesus, it is clear that your Mmother wants me to learn from her example. She and inspires me to bring her Son you to others this Christmas season. I know plenty of people who desperately need you in their lives, who need your forgiveness, who hunger for your love and presence, perhaps without even knowing it. I know that my loving relationship with you is never meant to be kept to myself; it is a gift meant to be shared. Your mMother’s example shows us me the way to live Advent well and explicitly challenges us me to be missionaries a missionary byand bringing you to the world. 

Resolution: I will share my faith this Christmas season with a friend or relative in need.

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