From the Deacon’s Desk: Prayer and Inspirational Thoughts
December 19 – Fourth Sunday of Advent
Two women come together and rejoice in their shared good news. Both are to give birth, even though by human measure, neither should have been able. One was thought to be too old and the other had not had relations with a man. And yet, both understood that nothing is impossible for God. Both rejoiced that God was blessing and using them. And the child Elizabeth was carrying, recognized the presence of one greater than he even from the womb. Where God’s will is accepted, embraced and fulfilled, great joy resides. “Blesse are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” If we but quiet ourselves in prayer, listen for his will with all our trust and acceptance, great joy will come to us through the hope of a little baby boy!
As Vincentians, we are to bring the presence of Christ to others by embracing God’s will with the same zeal that Mary, Elizabeth and John the Baptist had. In us and in our compassion for others, they can witness how God can replace sorrow with joy. Through our joy, the hope of Christ burns brightly. How do I recognize God’s will and willingly follow it with humility, zeal and joy?
Father, help me to be open to the possibilities of life as Mary and Elizabeth were. Give me the humility they displayed to accept your will and direction for my life and the lives of others. Fill me with the joy of John who leapt in the womb at the presence of Christ. Allow the hope of Christ to envelope my very being that it might radiate out to others through my every action and word. I pray all of this in your Son’s name. Amen