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Gospel Reflection for 4th Sunday of Advent C2012

posted Dec 21, 2012, 3:51 PM by Alberto dela Cruz

BLESSED ARE YOU WHO BELIEVED

(Lk 1.39-45)

‘Blessed are you among women.’  ‘Blessed is the fruit of your womb…’  ‘Blessed are you who believed.’  Filled with the Holy Spirit, Elizabeth could not say anything but ‘blessing.’  

Luke in his visitation narrative shows a divine project in progress through the Spirit.  It is the re-establishment of a blessed life for which everyone is eternally conceived in God’s mind.  A blessedness which can only be utterly achieved in Spirit. 

Mary’s presence presupposes the indwelling of the Holy Spirit.  She who is overshadowed by the Spirit of the Most High is maternally empowered to uplift the most down.  She indicates by her life and presence the presence and life of and in the Spirit, the life of being blessed, the life that blesses others.

Our age is an age of the Spirit, an age where the entire human life is blessed, where everyone and everything is a blessing.

Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, makes us understand in a simple and profound way the workings of being blessed.  It is never merited due to one’s own righteousness.  It is rather a sheer readiness to live in reality that “God is with us.”   Amen.

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