December 23, 2018: Rejoicing In the Blessings
“Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” This is the acclamation Luke puts on the lips of Elizabeth during her visit with Mary. We echo these same words every time we pray the Hail Mary, including when we pray the rosary. Mary’s role as the one who brings forth the Christ from her own body is highlighted on this Fourth Sunday of Advent.
Throughout the Christmas season (which concludes with the feast of the Baptism of the Lord on January 13) we joyfully celebrate how we are blessed by the birth of Christ into our humanity. He came to share our human life so that we can more richly share in God’s life. We are blessed indeed! During this Christmas season, take time to reflect on how your life is blessed by the presence of Christ.
Blessings of peace and joy to you and all your loved ones during this holy season!