“Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Lk 1:45

During these weeks of Advent, an invitation was extended to us to prepare a home for the arrival of the Son of God - a kind and gentle invitation by the Creator who wills that all should be saved through his Son Jesus Christ.  In order to accept this wonderful invitation of grace and healing, a strong faith in God is necessary - that is “the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen" - trusting that the Lord who is kind and merciful will guide and lead us in the ways that we should walk.

In today’s gospel (Lk 1:39-45), the conversation between Mary and Elizabeth should inspire all of us as Elizabeth not only recognizes Mary’s faith but also applauds the fact that she trusted in the Lord so deeply as to surrender her will to God’s will - “blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

Mary’s faith is a remarkable example for us who desire to progress in the ways of God the father - to believe that God's plan for us will be fulfilled even when we don't understand it all - trusting in His providence is a necessary ingredient for our spiritual life.  Faith in God allows us the freedom to live an authentic life of grace because God is a merciful father who so loved the world he created that he sends his Son Jesus Christ to redeem what was lost.

May God increase our faith so that we might follow him unreservedly like Jesus who “Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered;and when he was made perfect, he became the source of eternal salvation for all who obey him, declared by God high priest according to the order of Melchizedek.”

Let us Pray: 

“Stir up your power, and come to save us. O God, restore us; light up your face and we shall be saved.”        Psalm 80: 3-4

Be at peace and remain blessed!

Fr. Patrick Ike

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