Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. (Psalm 119)
When Mary heard the news from Gabriel that not only was she pregnant with a Son of Man who would be the Son of God, but that Elisabeth, an elder woman in her family was pregnant as well by the grace of God, she ‘made haste’ to go and connect with her cousin. The connection between John (the Baptist) at six months gestation with Jesus in utero is legendary. John ‘leaped’ with joyful recognition in Elizabeth’s womb, and she exclaimed, ‘Hail, full of Grace, the Lord is with you! Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” When I am bowed down with the weight of my life’s challenges, I too have the option of ‘hastening to visit’ – by phone, by internet, by written word, or in person – someone else who has welcomed the generative word of God into his/her life. When I do this, then I, too, find the grace of God leaping within me, with joyful recognition, and I can again joy in the presence of Emmanuel. O Come, Emmanuel, God With Us... let us joy in your presence.
The counsel of the Lord stands forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations... Our heart is glad in him because we trust in his holy name. (Psalm 33:11.21)
Listen, my people!
Your hopes are answered!
God waits for his people...
Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, Listen, My People, #309, CBW III
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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.