December 23, 2009

Advent in Song: Joy to the World

This past Sunday, we heard the story of Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth (Lk 1:39-45). John the Bapist, the last prophet before the public ministry of Jesus, was already fulfilling his call. In utero he evangelized the only person he could in the only way he could. John, in the womb of Elizabeth, felt the presence of Christ - the living bread was in the living tabernacle of Mary.

For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears,
the infant in my womb leaped for joy.

When we sing "Joy to the World, the Lord is come", we leap for joy - at least vocally - not only because He came but because He is still here. He has not left us orphans (John 14:18). Elizabeth continues, saying "Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." (Luke 1:45) And blessed are each of us who believe what is spoken by the Lord, including His words recorded by the apostle John: "Whoever eats my flesh and drinks my blood has eternal life..." (John 6:54).

The living Bread of Life spent nine months in the tabernacle of Mary's womb. The living bread now resides in tabernacles around the world. What a gift God has given to each of us! This Christmas season, take time to be like Elizabeth and John, to be in the presence of Christ, even when He is hidden from sight in the tabernacle. Even if it is for a minute, stop in a church and greet Him.
Joy to the earth, the Savior reigns!

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