Advent 2015

Fourth Tuesday in Advent - December 22nd

1Sm 1: 24-28 / 1Sm 2: 1, 4-8 / Lk 1: 46-56

The Psalm and Gospel readings for today remind us not just of the power and might of the Lord, but that we are the result and recipient of that power.

Mary shares her joy with Elizabeth, exclaiming, “the Almighty has done great things for me, and Holy is his name.”  That statement may be just be the greatest understatement of all time, Mary surely received great blessings from the Lord. Mary knows how her life has and will continue to change because of her relationship with the Lord. She is ready and willing to play her part and proclaim his word.

How often do we take a moment to reflect on all the Lord has done for us?

Do we only acknowledge the Lord’s blessing only when we avoid injury, receive that promotion, find the item we thought lost, or experience a long sought joy? Do we scorn him when our prayers appear to go unanswered? Are we open to the opportunities her places in our path?

How often do we remember that the Lord’s presence is and should be felt in the gentle breeze, not just in the raging storm?

Each and every one of us has received the Lord’s Grace, his special favor and his blessing. Each morning we awake with the potential to proclaim the Lord’s Grace, to take action to improve the lives of ourselves and others. We have the ability to proclaim our love for Him and others by our actions.

Let us make conscious our effort this season to remember that “the Almighty has done great things for me, and Holy is his name.”

Michelle Kelly