Advent reaches a climax as we anticipate Christmas. This eager waiting that we were all looking forward to will soon be filled with the awe-inspiring birth of Jesus.
As we scan through today's gospel, Luke introduces us to two unassuming women Mary and Elizabeth, whose waiting in anticipation had no bounds as they looked forward to the births of John the Baptist and Jesus.
As the gospel unfolds, we are told of this fascinating encounter between Elizabeth and Mary. The gospel tells us that the infant leaped in her womb as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting. On hearing this greeting, Elizabeth recalls God's presence in our midst.
The sensitivity of Mary speaks volumes of her relationship with God and neighbour. This joy of reaching out to Elizabeth is the joy that we all need to experience at Christmas, which is a distinctive mark of being a disciple.
As we approach the Manger and see this infant, we carry HIM as good news to the people who either have not heard of him or know him for no fault of their own but are awaiting a greeting like Mary to Elizabeth that we will share with all whom we encounter.
Christmas without Christ is certainly not what we are looking forward to. May each of us approach the Manger with childlike faith and be messengers of the good news just like Mary did to Elizabeth.
Let us pray for grace and strength so that this Christmas amid this pandemic may not be a hurdle but an opportunity to make Christ known to so many groping in the dark and struggling with this new variant of Covid 19. God be with us.
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