December 22, 2015

The Gospel Today

Tuesday of the Fourth Week of Advent

Luke 1:46-56

Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
for he has looked upon his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
and has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.”

Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months
and then returned to her home.

Reflection (Sem. Leonides Jimmy T. Jesuro III)

12.22

 

Today’s Gospel contains the Blessed Virgin Mary’s Canticle. It is an expression of her thanksgiving and confidence in the plan of God for her, as announced by the angel Gabriel. Her words were truly meaningful. It was trust in God with an open heart to accept His will for her.

The Blessed Virgin Mary had a number of questions in her mind during the Annunciation. But because of her great love for God, she said her great “yes” that brought forth the birth of our Lord Jesus on Christmas day.

We are grateful to the Blessed Virgin Mary for being a witness of obedience to God and for the total submission of her life to His will and divine plan.

On the night before my mother’s neuro-surgery this year, she was anxious and had a lot of questions, especially the complications the surgery might bring to her. She had fears that it might not be successful. She even opted to just sleep and not to take anything for supper. I knew then that evil thoughts had visited her, making her resistant to the scheduled operation the next day.

I sought help at the pastoral office of the hospital for my mother to be able to receive Holy Communion that night. The service was provided to her, and I witnessed how the power of the Eucharist restored in my mother her joyful spirit, after she received Jesus through the holy host.

I still remember her first words after the communion in her hospital bed, “I love you Jesus. Heal me and save me,” and a tear fell on her right cheek after saying it. Our whole family prayed together for the little miracle of my mother, cooperating with God’s plan for her to be restored to health through the neuro-surgery.

That was eight months ago, and I thank the Lord Jesus that my mother is now back to her normal function.

As a seminarian for seven months now, each night we either recite or sing the Magnificat during our Evening Prayer. I cannot help but remember that meaningful experience I had with my mother. She declared God’s goodness upon her, with words of thanksgiving to and trust in God during her brain operation.

Hence, the Magnificat reminds me of my mother and all the mothers who dearly love their children. May they be continually blessed for nurturing God’s immeasurable love through their own caring ways.

Words are truly powerful, especially if these are coming from a person whose heart is full of gratitude and trust in God’s mercy and love.

 

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