Wednesday of the Fourth Week of Advent
First Samuel 1:24-28, Psalm (1 Sm. 20), & Luke 1:46-56
In today's Gospel narrative, we experience one of the most joyful prayers within our faith tradition, the Magnificat. Mary acknowledges the great things that God has done for her. During Christmas, we recognize the great things that God has done for us by sending His Son into the world. Many things have come to be associated with the feast of Christmas. However, at the heart of the feast is the acknowledgment of the gift that God has given us in His Son. We acknowledge that gift, and we give thanks for it. Christmas is the celebration of God's greatness and generosity. Above all, Mary's prayer indicates that the lowly and the hungry are willing to experience God's greatness and generosity. It is the lowly who are exalted and the hungry who are filled.
Sisters and brothers, we approach the feast of Christmas hungry for God's gift of His Son, the bread of life. We approach this feast out of a sense of our poverty and emptiness, knowing our need to be filled with God's presence and God's coming.
As we face our difficulties, we anticipate the feast of Christmas in a spirit of poverty and humility, trusting in the great things that God can do for all of us.
Question of the Day: How will you rejoice in God our Savior?
Prayer: "My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior."