On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 21, 2015 by CatholicJules in Life's Journeys


Remember the days of courtship? Did your heart not leapt at the voice of your beloved calling out to you? Did excitement not fill your being?

This is how it is when you have encountered the Lord our God! This is how it is for every Adoration session, every Eucharist celebration. And when the celebrant sends you at the end to announce the good news of the Gospels, you leave with joy at the prospect of sharing it with someone.

Dearest blessed mother just as you hurried to share in the good news with your cousin and to be at her side. Let me do likewise in making your Son known to all I meet. Let the voice of my Saviour echo through me that I may bring His joy to them. Purify my thoughts and actions and prepare my heart to receive Him. Amen

First reading
Song of Songs 2:8-14

I hear my Beloved.
See how he comes leaping on the mountains, bounding over the hills. My Beloved is like a gazelle, like a young stag.

See where he stands
behind our wall. He looks in at the window, he peers through the lattice.

My Beloved lifts up his voice,
he says to me, ‘Come then, my love, my lovely one, come.

For see, winter is past, the rains are over and gone.
The flowers appear on the earth.

The season of glad songs has come, the cooing of the turtledove is heard in our land.

The fig tree is forming its first figs and the blossoming vines give out their fragrance.

Come then, my love, my lovely one, come.

My dove, hiding in the clefts of the rock, in the coverts of the cliff, show me your face,
let me hear your voice; for your voice is sweet and your face is beautiful.’

Luke 1:39-45

Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’

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