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The good news for the day December 21, 2016

Wednesday of the Fourth Week in Advent (195)

Mary left town in those days to travel quickly into the hill country—to a town of Judah. There when she entered the house of Zechariah, she greeted Elizabeth. As soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s voice, the infant moved in her womb, and Elizabeth, herself filled with the Mystery of God’s Creating (the Holy Spirit), called loudly, “Most special and well off are you among women, how special and well off is the fruit of your womb! How is it that the mother of my Lord should come to me?  At soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. how special—how well off—you are—you have believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” (Luke 1)

Again, it takes your reflection to step away from this scene as though you are watching a short movie. It is not recording a moment so you can read it, picture it, and walk back out of the history-movie-house, credits rolling. The story is about you It is about belief, about Life within you, and about “blessedness”—being different, believing in miracles, trusting that what they carry will shape the future.

You are these women today. You DO have the life of Christ within you. That is fundamental. It is His Spirit, his vitality and his Childhood of God, our Father. It is His Character—His awareness of the Good in creation, His being awake to the flood of grace, beauty and growth offered in this universe, and his trust that even death will not quench the Life He has.

Welcome this New Life. Believe. Let it bring the peace and hope this moment that meets the world you are in. Look around, consider the Christmas cards you write, the bringing of New Life that is possible to you there. You come into lives, like Mary, and you bring Jesus—or not—but watch people rejoice at the coming of Jesus whom you are carrying to them! When you forgive, heal, listen, have courage, respect others, welcome sinners–that is the life of Jesus!   

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