Prayer of Joy
Christmas is almost here!
Fill us with the joy of this season!
Fill us with the joy Mary and Elizabeth felt
when they reunited after Mary was told
that Elizabeth, long considered barren, was with child.
The baby Elizabeth was carrying,
who would be known as John the Baptist,
“leaped for joy” in his mother’s womb
when she heard Mary’s greeting.
Elizabeth declared Mary “blessed,”
for she had believed that what was spoken to her
“by the Lord would be fulfilled.”
Help us believe that Your promises to us
have been fulfilled in Jesus.
May we rejoice in Him. Amen.
Dan O’Donnell shares his reflections on the readings for today. Dan is a Passionist Partner and a longtime friend of the Passionists. He lives in Chicago.
A Thought for Joy
O God who comes near, dwell in us this Advent.
Transform suffering into joy,
and disappointments into opportunities to forgive and be transformed.
–Caryll Houselander, A Child in Winter, pg. 53
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