Saturday of the Twenty-Seventh Week in Ordinary Time
October 10, 2020
by Deacon Anthony Cincotta
Readings: Letter of Saint Paul to the Galatians 3:22-29; Psalm 105:2-3, 4-5, 6-7;
Today’s forty-four word Gospel says so much. Without peeking at what comes before and what follows, these two sentences captivate my imagination. A scene comes to my mind. A middle-aged woman is standing in the crowd. Initially she is attracted by the magnetism of this handsome young man. As she listens, she is drawn in by the gentleness of His eyes and the ease of His body language. His words deliver a message that resonates deep within her. They are not the usual words of the law.
They are not words she is used to hearing. They are words of comfort, encouragement, acceptance, and forgiveness. They are words of love. Where did He learn such things? Her mind travels from the young man to His family. She wonders who they are. They must be very special people. Jesus’ mother! The woman’s heart and mind begin to wonder. What kind of wondrous woman, wife, and mother she must be. The woman can no longer contain the spontaneous overwhelming joy within her. She sings out in praise, “Blessed is the womb that carried you and breasts at which you nursed.” Jesus, just as enthusiastic as the woman, sings out loudly back to her, “Rather, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”
Friend, just as Mary could not contain the Spirit within her as she dashed off to share her Good News with Elizabeth, so this unnamed woman could not contain the Spirit within her. Her spontaneous song of praise undoubtedly affected many around her. She was a living example of Jesus’ Words. The Good News is the Spirit poured forth in all of us. God’s desire for each one of us is deep within each one of us. Our own unique expression of holiness sings the praises of God and releases the Spirit into our entire community.
Question of the Day: How does the Spirit move within you? In what small quiet ways to you sing the praises of God? What is your own unique expression of the holiness of God?
Prayer: O Mary, faithful servant of the Lord, obtain for me the grace to live as you did, in accord with God’s will until death. Amen.