Saturday of the Thirth Week of Advent
Today, I will strive to share my experience of God with at least one person I meet.
Lord, you know the reality of my life and how
much I need your grace. I believe that you love me and desire the best for me. I, too, want to
respond to your love, and thus, with humility, I ask for your sanctifying grace. As I contemplate
the wonders you worked in Mary’s and Elizabeth’s lives, I desire to imitate their attitudes and
convictions, so that you will be able to transform my life.
make me an instrument of your grace and peace.
1. Right to the Doorstep:
receiving God’s messenger into her life, Mary then becomes God’s messenger to her cousin Elizabeth.
In such a short time Mary has learned so much from her Son. She delivers Christ right to Elizabeth’s
doorstep and knocks. Without Elizabeth’s consent, Mary can go no farther. Elizabeth comprehends in
an instant that this is more than a courtesy visit. Her child, John the Baptist, helps her to
understand as he leaps for joy upon hearing Mary’s voice and perceiving Christ’s presence. Elizabeth
allows them to enter her house, and Mary and Jesus begin to transform this family’s life. John and
Elizabeth are filled with the Holy Spirit, and Elizabeth immediately becomes an apostle and prophet
2. The Cooperation of Man and God:
Mary is always willing to help because
she is so humble. Despite the fact that she is also pregnant, she doesn’t hesitate to perform small
acts of charity and help with the ordinary chores around the house. However, Mary was also an
instrument of the Holy Spirit as she went about her work, and, as with Elizabeth, the Holy Spirit
was able to touch the hearts of others and to bring about their transformation by instilling
sanctifying grace. Have I achieved a degree of holiness that I might also become an effective
instrument of God for those around me?
3. The Spontaneous Magnificat:
presence of God in Mary’s and Elizabeth’s souls can be seen in two ways. First, they both glorify
God for the marvelous things he is doing in their lives: Elizabeth praises Mary for having brought
the Savior into her life and for filling her child with the Holy Spirit even before he is born.
Mary, in turn, praises God in the beautiful prayer of the Magnificat. Second, both Elizabeth and
Mary become the first witnesses of the arrival of the Messiah. Every true encounter with Christ
necessarily leads us to become his apostles. Have I, too, encountered Christ through prayer, the
sacraments and service to my neighbor? Have I helped others to experience God’s loving presence in
Conversation with Christ:
Lord, during this time of prayer, I
want to enter into a deeper
relationship with you. I want to experience your loving
in the daily activities of my life. As Christmas Day approaches,
want to grow in my love for you. I want to share this love
with others by imitating your
meekness and humility. Please,
do not pass by me this Christmas without granting me at
this grace. Transform this plea, the supplication of this beggar,
the treasure of a benefactor for others.
Today, I will strive
to share my experience of God with at least one person I meet.