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Joyful Anticipation of the Messiah

Psalm 62:7-8: My salvation and my honor depend on God; he is my mighty rock, my refuge.
  Let us Pray ...
Heavenly Father, We thank you, we praise you, Fortress of our life, we place myself in your care. Take charge of our future and use me for your glory. In you we take refuge and on your strength we rely to make my days worthwhile. In the precious name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
  Today's Readings ... (December 21, 2010)
Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent
First Reading:  Sg 2:8-14
Responsorial Psalm:  Psalm 33:2-3,11-12,20-21.
Gospel:  Luke 1:39-45.
  Meditation on Today's Gospel: (Luke 1:39-45.)
To be selected by God is an awesome opportunity and responsibility. Mary received both a crown of joy and a cross of grief. Her joy was not diminished by her grief because it was fueled by her confidence, hope, and trust in God and his promises. Jesus promised his disciples that "no one will get your joy from you". The Lord gives us a paranormal joy which enables us to stand any sorrow or pain and which neither existence nor death can take away. Do you know the delight of a life given over to God in confidence and trust? Do you be familiar with the indwelling company of the Lord Jesus in your life? Blessed are you if you see and distinguish the Lord with the "eyes of faith". The word "blessed" exactly means "happiness" or "beatitude". It describes a type of joy which is peaceful and impervious, self-contained, and independent from chance and changing circumstances of existence. There is a sure paradox for those "blessed" by the Lord. Mary was agreed the "blessedness" of being the mother of the Son of God. That blessedness also would turn into a sword which pierced her heart as her Son died ahead the cross. What a wonder for God to fill not only Elizabeth's heart with his Holy Spirit but the child in her womb as well. John the Baptist, even before the nativity of the Messiah, pointed to his coming and leapt for happiness in the womb of his mother as the Holy Spirit revealed to him the presence of the King to be born. The Holy Spirit is God's gift to us to enable us to know and knowledge the indwelling presence of God and the power of his kingdom. The Holy Spirit is the way in which God reigns within every one of us. Do you live in the joy and knowledge of God's indwelling presence with you from beginning to end his Holy Spirit? What is the meaning of Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth before the birth of Jesus? When Elizabeth greeted Mary and recognized the Messiah in Mary's womb they were filled with the Holy Spirit and with a blissful expectation of the fulfillment of God's promise to give a redeemer.


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