Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6
Powerful emotions are expressed in today’s readings – young love, shouting for joy, exulting, leaping for joy. For many of us, a well-told love story, no matter how unrealistic, is a moving reading or viewing experience (and perhaps it is even more entertaining the more unrealistic it might be!). We have known people like Elizabeth and Zechariah who have waited so long to be blessed with a child, and who then light up the world of all they encounter with their joy of parenthood.
Psalm 24:1-2, 3-4ab, 5-6
“Do not be afraid, Mary!”... “May it be done according to your word....”
These familiar words from Luke continue the advent vigil into our celebration of Christmas.
Throughout this week we hear the angel of God delivering messages of joy, of unbelievable events, and of ordinary people being surprised and then growing into acceptance of God’s presence among them. It is a very well-known story for all of us...perhaps so familiar that we zone in and out as we hear and/or read it: the announcement to Mary of her pregnancy, of Mary and Elizabeth ministering to one another in their extended visit, of the birth of John and Zachary’s unbelief turned into joy as he announces his son’s name, and then the story of the humble birth of Jesus.
GRATITUDE IS AN ATTITUDE OF HEART
Dear Sisters and all friends,
Our hearts are full of joy as we express our cordial greetings and gratitude for your valuable prayers for our XXI General Chapter which concluded on 12 December 2021. Our sincere thanks for the wishes which you sent to greet our new Superior General and her Councilors as they assume their new responsibility of guiding the Congregation in the light of Pallottine Charism and with the prophetic expression of the universal Church.
Mic 5:1-4; Hebr 10:5-10; Lk 1:39-45
In the gospel today we read the story of the Visitation. Here at the beginning of his gospel, Luke has told us of two women, Mary and Elizabeth. Both are about to become mothers unexpectedly. The angel Gabriel has appeared, first to Elizabeth’s elderly husband Zechariah, and five lunar months later to Mary, an unmarried young woman. Zechariah had been in the innermost sanctuary of the temple in Jerusalem; Mary was at home in Nazareth, a provincial place up north, a place from which in popular estimation no good came. Elizabeth had conceived her son John the Baptist in the usual way, after Zechariah had returned dumb-struck from the temple. Mary had conceived as a virgin, although already betrothed to Joseph.
During the morning Mass in the church of San Salvatore in Onda, at the tomb of St Vincent Pallotti, we experienced the solemn moment of being sent out. Each Sister received the papal blessing and the message of the Chapter addressed to all the Sisters in the whole Congregation.
On the first day of the Chapter, we had gathered at the altar of St. Joseph in St. Peter's Basilica; today, at the end of the Chapter, we made a pilgrimage to the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore. During Holy Mass we made the act of consecration of the Congregation to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.