The Joy of the World
Malvern Minute

 

December 22, 2017   Friday of the Third Week of Advent

O King of all nations and keystone of the Church; come and save man, whom you formed from the dust! Alleluia, alleluia!

Mark J. Poletunow, Malvern President (mpoletunow@malvernretreat.com)

Click for: Readings for the day (From the United States Catholic Conference of Bishops)

A reading from the holy Gospel according to Luke (1:5-25)

Mary said:

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
for he has looked upon his lowly servant.

From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.”

Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months
and then returned to her home.

Reflect: My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. Mary’s Magnificat shows her unrestrained joy in what God is doing in her life and for the world. As she presents Jesus to her cousin Elizabeth and the unborn John the Baptist, she is presenting Jesus – the joy of the world – to “all generations”.  God intervenes in the world in unexpected ways, and continues to act in only Godly manifestations: with “mercy”; “lift[ing] up the lowly”; fill[ing] the hungry with good things; and, “remember[ing] his promise of mercy…to his children for ever.” Her heart sings to know that God lavishly cares about and loves his people. This is the Jesus that we receive at Christmas. This is the Jesus that wants to transform our lives so that we experience the fullness of life. Let us open our hearts, and clear our minds to receive all the graces that Jesus has prepared for us. O holy night, when Christ was born! Joy to the world!

Questions: What is it that I’m looking for and expecting this Christmas? Is Jesus the central figure of my Christmas? What do I need to do to adjust my thoughts and the condition of my heart and soul to receive all the graces that Jesus wants to give me?

Pray: Loving God, you are an awesome God! Expand my heart. Take away my distractions, so that I might recognize you, and the lavish gift of new life that you desire to bring me. May my heart receive you, and my soul proclaim your goodness to the entire world.  I pray this in the powerful and perfect name of Jesus. Amen.                                        

My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, for the Almighty has done great things for me.

We wish you a very merry and blessed Christmas from all of us at Malvern Retreat House. May these holy days be filled with new blessings, much joy and abundant peace! The daily reflections will take a break and return after the New Year.


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