Fourth Sunday of Advent

NEW BIRTH, NEW LIFE

By Leanna Cappiello

The Visitation is one of my favourite Gospel stories. Between Mary and Elizabeth is a palpable excitement – they are both pregnant and waiting the birth of their children. In a physical sense, the Visitation reminds us of this feeling of anticipation in our bodies. Many members of this Parish are mothers, each one with her own affective experience of carrying a child in her womb.

In an emotional sense, the Visitation reminds us about the unfathomable excitement that comes with anticipation of a child at Christmastime. Whether we are children or adults or elders – we are all capable of this “leaping for joy”.

In a liturgical sense, the Visitation reminds us of the promise of what is to come, as Christmas is only the beginning of what the year ahead has in store for us. What potential Joy awaits you this coming year?

Sunday’s Readings:

Micah 5.2-5a

Hebrews 10.5-10

Luke 1.39-45