Friday, the 3rd week of Advent
Mass at noon: Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday - Thursday at 7p
Saturday at 5:00 - Sunday at 9:00, 11:15am and 7:00pm during the semester
When the people gather for prayer, all are welcome.
Saint of the day - Jacopone da Todi
Readings for today’s Mass
Our Gospel today should hopefully sound familiar as it was the Psalm sung on the third Sunday of Advent. It is also known as the Magnificat, a prayer said daily for those in monastic communities, religious orders or laity who pray the Liturgy of the Hours. It is Mary’s song of joy and praise to the Lord. She is rejoicing that God has chosen her to bring the Light into the World, the Light that will turn the World upside down, that will, “lift up the lowly, fill the hungry with good things, and send the rich away empty.” It is a song filled with the TRUE joy of the season. But, maybe for you right now finding that joy isn’t so easy. Perhaps you struggle this time of year, whether it be from losing a loved one, suffering from illness, challenges within your family, loss of employment or any number of reasons that make it hard for us to embrace the celebration taking place around us. Let us remember that Mary’s joy wasn’t always present. Just a few days ago we heard in the story of the annunciation that she was, “greatly troubled.” And we heard the angel tell her, “Do not be afraid.” So if you share these same feelings right now, it is ok, be ok with it and do not be afraid.
We also see a beautiful friendship in this Gospel story, between Mary and Elizabeth. If you are someone who is experiencing joy maybe there is someone in your life who needs you, to lend an ear, provide a shoulder to cry on, or maybe receive a hug. Be aware, as Mary was as she rushed to her cousin’s side, that there are those around you who struggle this time a year. If you are someone who is struggling right now, who is that person in your life that you can turn to for comfort? It is one thing to know that God is with us and we can turn to Him in our time of trial; but it is another thing to hear words of comfort, to lean upon someone for strength, or to feel the warmth of a much needed hug.
As we complete these last few days of Advent let us turn to one another to give and receive the comfort and joy we needed to make Christ’s presence truly known to those around us.