Zeph. 3:14-18; Ps. 33:2-3, 11-12, 20-21; Lk. 1:39-45


“Shout for joy, O Zion; be glad Israel! Rejoice with all your heart Jerusalem!” Zeph. 3:14

“Joy” is the theme that runs through both the readings for today.

Mary immediately, after the Annunciation, set out to be with Elizabeth who was in need. Mary also wanted to share the wonder, joy and mystery of the new life within her (Jesus) as Elizabeth was also having the same mysterious experience (John the Baptist).

The encounter of these two women manifested the gift of the spirit which brings out an overflow of joy, comfort and happiness. Elizabeth proclaims “why such great things should happen to me, that my Lord’s mother comes to visit me.” Even the child in Elizabeth’s womb recognized the divine presence of Jesus and leapt with joy.


Let us pray that we may bring God’s presence and joy to one another this Christmas season especially those who are in pain, the young, elderly, unwanted, lonely, and depressed, especially women and children who are abused.


In our daily encounter with one another, where and how am I called to bring joy and be a blessing?

Today’s Advent reflection is by Anice Vattukulam, SCN, Bangalore, India.


Banner done by Marie Becker, SCN, Nazareth, Kentucky


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