On Today’s Gospel

Posted: December 21, 2019 by CatholicJules in Personal Thoughts & Reflections
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Ah dearest Blessed mother! At many prayer meetings I have prayed these words, “O dearest mother, where Jesus is you are never far and yet you are closest with us in our hour of need. Purify our hearts, minds and thoughts that we might always be pleasing to your Son our Lord and saviour Jesus Christ. And continue to intercede for us as we pray Hail Mary…”

You mother bring with you the full measure of your Grace each and every time we pray to you. No creature has ever be elevated to the highest state of grace as you have. Yet in your humble gentle heart, you only seek to bring Jesus into our very own hearts. Whether in the form of a wee babe or the full stature of our bridegroom, the joy within us cannot be contained! And so mother just as your cousin Elisabeth uttered these words so long ago Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? We too are so very honoured each and everytime you stand at our side when we call out to you. You are truly a devoted mother who tenderly loves us. And you bring with you the presence of your Son Jesus our Lord and God. Amen

First reading

Song of Songs 2:8-14 ·
See how my Beloved comes, leaping on the mountains

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.’

Gospel

Luke 1:39-45
Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord?

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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