Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
Song of Songs 2:8-14 & Luke 1: 39 – 45
Like the most respectful of all lovers, God waits for us -for me- to turn and notice his gaze of joy in creation, of love for human beings, and of longing for our attention. Looking through from the other side of the lattice work, otherwise known as the ‘veil of unknowing’, we are - I am - not always aware of his attention, nor of his devoted love, nor of his unabashed joy in us – in me. It is an awareness of this gaze of God’s joy, of love and of longing that drew Gabriel to Mary, that quieted Mary’s fearful heart so that she should say Fiat,”Yes”, to the Lord; that prompted Mary to visit Elizabeth; and that made John leap in Elizabeth’s womb at the nearer presence of the Christ Child. Am I ready and willing to turn to God and behold his gaze of joy, love and longing for my being? Help me notice you through the lattice, Lord, and receive your love.
His name will be called Emmanuel, because he will be God-with-us. (Isaiah 7:8 )
O Come, Emmanuel, God’s presence among us, our King, our Judge: Save us, Lord our God!
O Antiphon. Common Lectionary for December 21th
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Soli ad gloriam Dei
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.