First Reading: Micah 5: 1-4
Responsorial Psalm: Psalm 80: 2-3, 15-16, 18-19
Second Reading: Hebrews 10: 5-10
Gospel: Luke 1: 39-45
The doom predicted by Micah is followed by a word of hope. This Word of hope will come from Bethlehem and will become for us the Bread of Life. In today’s reading we are promised the reestablishment of a new kingdom with a new king who shall be Peace. We know what it is to have many troubles and moments of despair and have experienced them giving way to our belief in an eternity of happiness and an eternity of peace.
As children of a loving God we have learned that sacrifice is easy when it fulfills an obligation and meets an expectation. These kinds of sacrifices do not bring salvation and have to be made over and over again. Our God doesn’t desire sacrifice because of the law, but wants us to do His will out of love.
Mary was called to do God’s will, she knew what it was like to make sacrifices for God out of love. She and Elizabeth would give their sons back to the God who made them. Through this meeting of Holy women Mary brought God to Elizabeth in her heart and in her womb. Mary was an ordinary person chosen to do extraordinary things. Elizabeth was the first to bear witness to the Lord’s presence in our world. We too can bear witness and encourage each other along the way, helping one another to see how God brings us hope and consolation. May we be like Mary, open and cooperative in God’s plan of salvation.
God of Elizabeth and Mary, you visited your servants with news of the world’s redemption in the coming of the Savior and harbinger of Peace. Make our hearts leap with joy, and fill our mouths with songs of praise, that we may announce glad tidings of peace,
and welcome the Christ in our midst. Amen.
Carolyn Meyer, Associate