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Gospel Reflection for December 20, 2015, 4th Sunday of Advent

15 Dec
Photo via Flickr user Lawrence OP

Photo via Flickr user Lawrence OP

Sunday Readings: Micah 5.1-4; Hebrews 10.5-10; Luke 1.39-45

“Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice, ‘Blessed are you among women and blessed is the child of your womb.'”

(Luke 1.41-42)

The encounter between Mary and her kinswoman Elizabeth is spiritually electric. Each woman has responded to God alone. As they meet, the Spirit arcs between them like sparks. At Mary’s greeting, Elizabeth’s baby leaps in her womb. Her words express ecstatic awe at the holy happening within their wombs. The new life that is good news for the world does not come from within the existing temple structure but in the wombs of two believing women. In Elizabeth’s time, new life is stirring among unlikely people — Gentiles, people who are poor, women, tax collectors. Perhaps now like then, people at the margins experience enough discomfort with things as they are to open their hearts to impossible, transcendent hopes.

What do you see coming to birth in younger women? What do you see coming to birth in older women? In yourself?

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Gospel Reflection for December 23rd, 4th Sunday of Advent

18 Dec

When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby stirred within her womb.  Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out in a loud voice, “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the child of your womb.”

Luke 1.41-42

The gospel focus narrows this Sunday.  In Mary and Elizabeth Luke sees model believers who welcome God’s word into themselves, into their bodies.  Their faith and trust in God’s Spirit is bearing fruit in their wombs.  In their visit together these two women share their faith in what God is doing in them for the world.

How do faith-sharing conversations affirm and deepen your faith? How do you embody your faith in the world?

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