Dec 21 2020 Reflection
Monday 21 December 2020
First Reading: SG 2:8-14
Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.
PS 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21
Gospel Reading: LK 1:39-45
Today’s Note: Monday of the Fourth Week of Advent
Mary set out in those days
and traveled to the hill country in haste
to a town of Judah,
where she entered the house of Zechariah
and greeted Elizabeth.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting,
the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit,
cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Most blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me,
that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.
Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord
would be fulfilled.”
Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste. (Luke 1:39)
When you’re watching a movie made by a skilled director, you can tell that there’s an intelligent hand behind the scenes. The story seems to flow naturally. And if you’re a cinema buff, sometimes you can tell who the director is just by watching certain scenes. Alfred Hitchcock’s films will take you to the edge of your seat with suspense. Frank Capra’s films, such as It’s a Wonderful Life, will make you cheer for the underdog. Steven Spielberg’s films will wow you with special effects.
If today’s Gospel were made into a film, you would have to say that the director was the Holy Spirit. It was the Spirit who prompted Mary to go on a long journey—nearly one hundred miles—to visit her aging cousin Elizabeth and help with her pregnancy. It was the Spirit who filled Elizabeth, revealing to her that Mary was carrying the baby Jesus. And it was the Spirit who anointed Elizabeth’s child, John, for his mission to proclaim the Messiah.
The Holy Spirit is hoping to direct your life too. As Jesus told us, he helps us to know the truth and how we should act (John 16:13). He comforts, counsels, exhorts, and encourages us (14:26). When we are weak or don’t know what to pray for, he prays with us and in us (Romans 8:26-27). Jesus himself was anointed with the power of the Spirit (Luke 4:16-21). He is the engine that drives our journey with the Lord. Why wouldn’t we want him involved in every area of our life?
As Christmas draws near, don’t forget about the Holy Spirit. He’s the One who overshadowed Mary and brought Jesus into this world. He’s the One who raised Jesus from the dead. And he’s the One who lives in you. So pray often to the Holy Spirit and listen for his inspiration. He will gently guide you with his “still small voice” to help you discern how to respond (1 Kings 19:12, RSV). Even more, he will strengthen you for whatever task he gives you. Just as he guided Mary, each day he will direct your steps along “the path of peace,” closer and closer to God (Luke 1:79).
“Holy Spirit, lead me and fill me with your power!”