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Wednesday, 21 December 2011 19:00

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By Bro Bobot Apit

 

Luke uses his Infancy Narrative as a vehicle to present in advance some of the characteristics of Jesus' future life. Here it is the characteristic of service that he illustrates. Jesus later on will say, "I have come to serve and not to be served." And so, still in his mother's womb, he comes to visit his cousin, John, rather than wait at home to be visited.

GOD LOVES US
ALL!

 

L uke 1:39-45 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, (40) and she entered the house of Zechari'ah and greeted Elizabeth. (41) And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit (42) and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! (43) And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? (44) For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. (45) And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord."

 

Meditation from Living Space

 

In the last two days we heard about the two annunciations – to Zechariah and to Mary – about the birth of two special children, John the Baptist and Jesus. Obviously, both mothers, cousins to each other, must have been very excited about the birth of their first child. They were anxious to share together their joy and happiness. In one way, it would make sense for Mary to visit Elizabeth, because the younger should visit the older. On the other hand, Elizabeth should be the one to visit because Mary's child was a person of such rank and dignity, God's own Son. In a way, the story is more interested in the children than in the mothers.

 

And Luke uses his Infancy Narrative as a vehicle to present in advance some of the characteristics of Jesus' future life. Here it is the characteristic of service that he illustrates. Jesus later on will say, "I have come to serve and not to be served." And so, still in his mother's womb, he comes to visit his cousin, John, rather than wait at home to be visited. The power of the Spirit is also much in evidence. John leaps in his mother's womb at the very sound of Jesus' voice. His mother recognizes this as the power of God in Jesus reaching out to her son. Elizabeth herself is also filled with the Spirit and recognizes in her young cousin the Mother of her Lord.

 

As we saw, the choice of the First Reading is interesting. It is taken from the Song of Solomon, a poem of the passionate love between two young people. It is a fitting expression of the love that should exist between Jesus and his followers and between the followers themselves. There is no such thing as a purely ‘spiritual' love. True love literally ‘em-bodies' the whole person – spirit, mind, emotion and body. Mary, filled with the Spirit, will soon break out into that wonderful hymn of praise that we call the Magnificat, a hymn that will proclaim the message of liberation Jesus will later deliver by word and action. We will see that tomorrow.

 

GOD BLESS! # # #

 

GOD BLESS US ALL!

O Theos Na Mas Evlogisi!
PRAY as if everything depended on HIM. ACT as if everything depended on YOU. – Bobot Apit

 

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