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Shout for Joy and Do Not Fear…

Decemeber 21 – O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law: come to save us, Lord our God!

Readings: Song of Songs 2:8-14 or Zephaniah 3:14-18a, Ps 33, Luke 1:39-45

Mary set off in haste to the hill country. It is not that she hurried in order to verify the words of the angel, but rather because she believed and fully accepted his words and the sign God had offered her. She realized that she might be of use to her dear Elizabeth during the remaining months of seclusion.

Truly Mary was a handmaiden at heart. She hastened to serve as if she could already hear the words of her beloved Son: “Whatever you do for the least of these, you do for me.” Mary also went to rejoice with Elizabeth in anticipation of Saint Paul’s exhortation to rejoice with those who are rejoicing. What can increase your gladness better than sharing it with someone who is truly happy for you? That Mary had just received a far greater blessing only increased her ability to genuinely share in Elizabeth’s happiness and in turn to receive Elizabeth’s joy for her. Together they sing a new song of gladness and thanksgiving to the God who saw fit to remove the disgrace from all mankind by sending his only Begotten Son born of a woman.

Hark! my lover comes leaping like a gazelle. Shout for joy and do not fear, the Lord God is in our midst!

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