You know how children jump at the chance to see Santa? Maybe when they're younger, they aren't as happy about the scene, some crying and wanting to be with their parents. As they get older, they jump with joy. It's Santa after all, the one that brings the magic and presents under the tree, flying with reindeer. As this child leaps for joy, think about the joy of baby John as Mary approaches. He literally leaps for joy within Elizabeth's womb at the sound of Mary's voice. Do you jump at the experience to be with the Lord?
Today's Gospel states:'In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechari'ah and greeted Elizabeth. And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord." And Mary said, "My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior'(Luke 1:39-47).
In today's Gospel, we see an example set by Mary, of how we need to rejoice in the Lord and live by faith, embrace it. Mary says yes to God's will and she is filled with many blessings, she becomes a light for the entire Church. Think about the things that bring you joy. Is your faith one of them? Your soul should magnify the Lord, and bring hope to everyone around you. Take some time to reflect on things you can do to embrace your faith in joy and share that joy with the world.
Today's prayer comes from 'Jesuit Ministry' a peace prayer of St. Francis:
Lord, make me an instrument of your peace: where there is hatred, let me sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. O divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive, it is in pardoning that we are pardoned, and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life. Amen.