Today is the Fourth Sunday of Advent. Christmas is right around the corner. In the first reading today, the Lord speaks through the prophet Micah, saying that the Messiah would come from Bethlehem. And the Gospel reading from Luke 1 is the story of the Visitation, when Mary went to visit her cousin, Elizabeth, who herself was pregnant with John the Baptist.
“Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” Does this sound familiar? If you are a Catholic, it should. The words of Elizabeth are ones that we quote in the Hail Mary prayer. This isn’t something that the Church made up. Surprise! Catholics really can quote Scripture!
We see today how honored Elizabeth was to have “the mother of my Lord” visit her. Elizabeth welcomed Mary into her home. A wonderful lesson for us. As we welcome Jesus into our homes and our hearts, we should also welcome in His Mother.
Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.