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.
Marci Madary offers her reflection on today’s readings. Marci is a Spiritual Director; she serves on the Vision Fulfillment Commission for Holy Cross Province.
A Thought for Joy
O God who comes to us in the thousands of faces we meet this Advent,
help us to recognize ourselves in them, to welcome them, and so to welcome you.
–Caryll Houselander, A Child in Winter, pg. 67.
Call to Action:
Sit in silence for 3 minutes. Breathe in the silence. Pray for peace.