On The Margins – Luke 1:39-45

“The liturgy takes a turn on this Fourth Sunday of Advent. We do not hear the great prophets shaking-up our attitudes or stirring our imaginations. We hear of the encounter of these two holy women before John and Jesus were born. We stand with Elizabeth and Mary longing for the same expectation that Christ will be born in us, in our day, in our lives and attitudes and place in life. ” Sunday, December 23, 2012. The Fourth Sunday of Advent.

Listen now: [audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/75239779/On%20The%20Margins/On%20The%20Margins%20Dec%2023%202012.mp3]

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One thought on “On The Margins – Luke 1:39-45

  1. I have never heard anyone preach like you do, Fr. Ron. As I was listening, I was tying the encounter of these two holy women — Mary and Elizabeth to the experience I have every time I meet with other women who are trying to get and stay sober. Listening to your words, wiping away tears, I recognized that when we meet- one on one or in a small group – we are standing with these two women in a moment of hope and expectation that something is going to be better for us if we accept each other and persevere in the hope that the will of God is born in us.

    And that this invitation of hospitality from God is not always easy to hear and accept. I can relate to both women — young Mary and old Elizabeth each being shocked by a new and unexpected life growing within. I hear many stories from women who are frightened but also full of grace and joy at their new found sobriety. And with each story, I hear mine -the invitation to enter into God’s hospitality delivered in a shocking (and often painful) way.

    You have reminded me to celebrate all of the people — especially the women — I have encountered in our community at St. Andre Bessette Catholic Church. People who have accepted God’s invitation. People who are standing with Mary and Elizabeth with a steady understanding that Christ is giving us what we need in the world.

    Thank you for the encouragement. …. and blessings on this Solstice day — the light is returning!

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