Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
It is good that nothing is impossible with God! As a virgin, it seemed impossible that Mary would become pregnant, let alone give birth to a holy child, the Son of God. And yet, by the infilling of the Holy Spirit of God, Mary not only conceived and gave birth to the most holy Son of God, but she also lived to bring Jesus up through adolescence and early adulthood, and to accompany him through his redeeming crucifixion and resurrection. Like Mary, I too am a woman, but more foolish, more dissipated and more sin-full than she. It seems impossible that my life could produce anything of consequence given all the givens of my life. And yet, by the infilling of the Holy Spirit through my on fiat my life can give birth to amazing fruits of God’s mercy, just like Mother Mary. Am I, like Mary, ready to welcome the Holy Spirit into every fiber of my being so holy things can be born from my life? Come, Holy Spirit, birth holy things from my life.
You will conceive and bear a son, and you shall name him “God Saves”, Jesus. (Luke 1: )
O Come, Key of David, opening the gates of God’s eternal kingdom: free the prisoners of darkness!
O Antiphon. Common Lectionary for December 20th
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Beverly Illauq lives in Kemptville, Ontario, where she greets each morning by seeking the Gospel Mystery of the Day - the Word of the Lord for direct and practical application to the specific challenges & joys of the day.