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.
Father Pat Brennan, CP, shares his Scripture reflection for today. He is the director of Saint Paul of the Cross Passionist Retreat and Conference Center, Detroit, Michigan.
A Thought for Joy
O God of beauty and truth,
show us how to walk in truth this Advent,
so that your Word will come to fullness in us.
–Caryll Houselander, A Child in Winter, pg. 51
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