The Joy of Mary

Our Gospel today tell us of the great joy of Mary, our dear Mother, as she hastens to share her joy with Elizabeth, her cousin. Whenever we hear good news we want to tell someone, we want to share it

The Angel Gabriel had appeared to Mary asking her if she would be the mother of the Messiah, the one who is to come to save us; God who will become one of us, so that the human race could start over; begin again; to erase the sin of Adam and Eve. The angel Gabriel waited for Mary’s answer, and so did the whole world. Even Adam and Eve breathed a sigh of relief when Mary gave her consent, and said, “be it done unto me according to your will.” At that moment that the Holy Spirit came upon Mary. She was so excited she couldn't wait to tell Elizabeth, who was already pregnant with John the Baptist, Jesus's cousin. This Gospel tells us the type of person Mary was; that she was humble; she didn't wait for Elizabeth to visit her; but she went to visit Elizabeth.

Elizabeth immediately responds and says, “the moment I heard your voice, the infant in my womb leaped with joy.

The Church has always recognized that life begins at the moment of conception, and so even before birth there is a person waiting to be born. At the time of Jesus, and before it was always a “child” with in the womb, a human person, with body, soul and a guardian angel. None of us would have been here unless our lives would have been respected within the womb.

Our life is a gift from God, and Christmas is a time we celebrate this wonderful life that God has given us. God has chosen to become one of us, and to be born like each of us. Because we are created in the image and likeness of God, Christmas is a celebration of “us,” that we have dignity of life, from the moment of conception, through all eternity. Our lives should be treating others with respect, and living a respectful lives, worth of the dignity which has been given to us, by God becoming one of us.

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