Reflections - December 23, 2018

“How does this happen to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”

Lk. 1:43.

On this fourth Sunday of Advent, a week from the Nativity of the Lord, the Church invites us to reflect on the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth.

The Plan of Salvation, the incarnation of the Son of God, is revealed to us in the hidden tabernacle of the womb of the Blessed Mary, “the full of grace, the handmaid of the Lord”. Today we find another humble woman, Elizabeth. A woman who manages to see what “the wise and learned could not see, the presence of the Savior of the world incarnate in the womb of the Virgin Mary”.

This week’s Gospel is an invitation to discover the mother that brings us our Savior to the home of our hearts: “The King of the nations and the cornerstone of the Church”. How sad it would be that extroversion or worse superficiality will blind us and we could not recognize His coming hidden in the humility of a Mother.

Let us learn from Elizabeth, who manages to discover in the womb of that humble maiden, “the Word made flesh”, the expected by the prophets. How well Jesus the Son of God said: “I give you thanks, Father, for you have hidden mighty works……and have revealed them to the humble and simple….”. Yes, that is the great mystery that we celebrate, “God hidden in the womb of a mother”. Those that discover it are Elizabeth who prophesies: “Blessed are you among women, how does it happen to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me” and her son, John the Baptist, who “leaped in her womb”.

This week as you pray the Rosary with your family ask the Mother for the grace to open our eyes to discover the presence of her Son amongst the humble, the needy, and the abandoned who ask for a word of comfort and an alms of love and hope. Amen!