LK 1:39-47: In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.” And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.”
Reflection: I am always struck by the beauty and power of Mary’s humility. In this Gospel, Elizabeth greets and praises Mary who is blessed among women, but Mary responds by instead praising God. She knows that she is exalted only because of what God has done for her.
The time of Advent is meant to help us reflect on the humility by which God took on our humanity. We can also call to mind Mary’s humility, which allowed Jesus’ presence among us. Let us especially reflect upon Our Lady of Guadalupe, who always seeks to bring the least among us to her Son, Jesus.
May we follow our Lady’s example this Advent season and humbly submit ourselves to the will of God through lifting up the lowly.
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