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The Blessed Virgin Mary
Sunday, December 23 2012

Mother of Jesus...

On this fourth Sunday of Advent, we reflect on the faith of the Blessed Virgin Mary:

During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." –Luke 1:39-45, NAB

St. John the Baptist, still in the womb of his mother, recognized the presence of Christ.  When Elizabeth felt her son leaping within her womb, she immediately recognized how magnificent and blessed Mary was, and her words continue to be echoed each time we say the Hail Mary today.  The Blessed Mother predicts this later in Luke 1:

"For he has looked upon his handmaid's lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed." -Luke 1:48, NAB

Why was the Blessed Virgin Mary so blessed in the first place?  Elizabeth answers that question for us.  Because she believed what the angel had told her.  She believed that she would be the mother of Jesus, Son of the Most High God.

Today, we continue to call our Mama Mary blessed for the very same reason.  We recognize her faith and trust in God as an example for us to follow.  When we learn to trust in God the way the Blessed Mother did, we, too, can see miracles happen in our lives.

Are you looking for miracles?  Do you pray to God for a major change in your life?  Well, it begins with complete and total faith in the will of God.  The Blessed Virgin Mary had faith in God's will, and it changed the course of history.  Imagine what would happen if we all showed just a sliver of that faith?

The faith of the Blessed Virgin Mary is a reflection of the power and majesty of her Son, Jesus Christ.  May her example inspire each of us to trust in the will of God the Father, have faith in the saving grace of the Son, and listen to the voice of the Holy Spirit within our hearts.


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