Quotations:

I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Friday, December 20, 2013

My Reflection for Saturday December 21, Third Week of Advent; Luke 1:39-45

http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/122113.cfm
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Gospel: Luke 1:39-45
Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.  Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”
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My Reflection:
Aside from the birth of our savior, one of the many beautiful and relevant messages of Christmas is self-emptying of ourselves. To look less on our personal needs and focus it to the needs of those who are materially and spiritually poor.

Considering that she was also pregnant at that time. The Blessed Mother did not focus on her own needs and safety. She looked outside of herself to make a difference in the life of someone else: That is her cousin Elizabeth. This is what we must always emulate every Christmas time even everyday, to empty and make ourselves available for others.

When we were children the usual focus of our Christmas celebrations and expectations were for ourselves. That's why during christmas eve we put socks in our houses in anticipation of the gifts that Santa Clause would give us. Then as we mature with time we slowly capture the true essence of Christmas.  That  Christmas is not about gifts and certainly not about ourselves.

Christmas is actually the gift of life of Christ Jesus, the self-emptying of God’s only begotten son for our sake. Therefore, let us focus our Christmas on making others happy, let us remember those who are poor. Those who were ravaged by calamities like typhoon Yolanda/Haiyan. Let us also remember our relatives whom we’ve not been in touch for so long especially the poor ones and let us make a positive difference in their lives this Christmas.     

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