The Forth Sunday of Advent
4 Sunday of Advent
Scripture: Luke 1:39-45
Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled."
At the greeting of Mary, the child in Elizabeth's womb leaped for joy! The presence of God, the presence of the Savior caused St. John the Baptist to leap in his mother's womb. The presence of God was perceptible and John reacted. As we come to the final week of Advent is God perceptible to us? Have we sought the Lord and his coming? Does the presence of God in our lives make us leap for joy?
Our God desires a relationship with us, His creatures, does the knowledge of Christ's birth excite us and move us to share Him with others, to deepen that relationship with God? This is the most important event to many in all of human history, and "blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." Fr. Jordan Turano, OP - Chaplain -Molloy College
Saint of the Day: Saint Ammon
One of the Theban Martyrs who were converted by Egyptian Christians. Ammon, along with Ingenes, Ptolemy, Theophilus, and Zeno, were guards during the persecution of Christians in the reign of Emperor Decius. During the torture and trial of these prisoners, Ammon and his fellow guards were converted to Christ. They cheered the faithfulness of the Christians under torture and urged them to endure in their courage. As a result, Ammon and the others became prisoners. They were beheaded displaying the same Christian constancy.
Faith Molloy is a collaboration of the Office of Advancement and the Office of Campus Ministries.
Elisha and the Six Miracles, Donald Jackson with contributions from Aidan Hart, Copyright 2010, The Saint John's Bible, Saint John's University, Minnesota USA. Used by permission. All rights reserved.