Saturday, 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 - John of Kanty
Readings for today’s Mass
The story began with yesterday's gospel and the visit of an angel to Mary. Mary is not yet pregnant, but she learns that Elizabeth, a relative, is. This is where today's gospel continues the narrative; Mary pays a visit to Elizabeth.
It's an interesting story of two women forever joined by Christian tradition. One is in the prime of her childbearing life and without sin, the other at the end of or beyond childbearing and, by her barrenness, assumed by Jewish custom to have been involved with something sinful. Two women of different circumstances, and both charged with initiating the Christian era.
There are many women in our history that have had major roles in what became and continues to evolve as Christianity. We always hear about Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but what about Sarah, Rebekah, Leah and Rachel? They are also part of the foundation on which we stand. There were gospel women who helped Jesus understand himself - a Samaritan woman at a desert well, or a woman who was compared to a dog because she dared to ask for something Jesus freely gave to others. i also think of the women at the foot of the Good Friday cross; and Mary of Magdala, the first to see the resurrected Jesus.
There are many important and powerful women who continue to witness to the gospel; women who continue to birth the word of God - the likes of Teresa of Calcutta, Dorothy Day and Thea Bowman. Maybe a woman you know is giving birth, by her life of holiness, to the word made flesh that dwells among us.
What would it mean to you to say "Be it done to me as you have said?"