The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.

I hope that this is what my blog does. Inspires people to search deeper into the Word. The Word made flesh; the Word that dwelled among us. We may not all be financially poor, but I believe each one of us could use a little more faithfulness in our lives and I hope this blog points you in that direction.

I know the season of Advent is a time to reflect on the coming of our Lord Who is the ransom for our captivity. So I couldn’t help myself from reading ahead this morning to our Sunday readings – Gaudete Sunday – a day to rejoice. Ever wonder what that word means? I looked it up on Marian-Webster’s online dictionary…

rejoice

verb

re·​joice | \ ri-ˈjȯis  \rejoicedrejoicing

Definition of rejoice

transitive verbto give joy to GLADDEN

intransitive verbto feel joy or great delight rejoice in: HAVEPOSSESS

Isn’t it amazing how that one single word can describe our relationship with God? God is the transitive form and we are the intransitive form of this verb. God gives and we receive. But we to can be the transitive form. We are made in the image and likeness of God and we are all heirs to the Kingdom. So we too can give joy to others. We too should give/bring joy to others and in doing so, bring joy to ourselves. How is it we can do that?

Well, that kind of ties into Today’s Readings as we celebrate our Lady of Guadalupe today. Mary said yes to follow the will of God and that yes brought our Savior into the world.

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun,
with the moon under her feet,
and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
She was with child and wailed aloud in pain as she labored to give birth.

Responsorial Psalm

JUDITH 13:18BCDE, 19

R. (15:9d)  You are the highest honor of our race.
Blessed are you, daughter, by the Most High God,
above all the women on earth;
and blessed be the LORD God, 
the creator of heaven and earth.
R. You are the highest honor of our race.
Your deed of hope will never be forgotten
by those who tell of the might of God.
R. You are the highest honor of our race.

Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.”

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,
“Most 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.”

And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.”

Are you ready to say Yes to God? Are you ready to give yourself over to His Holy Will? I pray all of you who read this say yes and allow yourself to be filled with His Holy Spirit. Take that Light of Christ and bring the light, Christ’s light, into this world so others can be a part of that wonderful feeling. Be the transitive form of REJOICE.

Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing.
In all circumstances give thanks,
for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus.
Do not quench the Spirit.
Do not despise prophetic utterances.
Test everything; retain what is good.
Refrain from every kind of evil.

May the God of peace make you perfectly holy
and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body,
be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
The one who calls you is faithful,
and he will also accomplish it.

Do something great for our Lord today – REJOICE. I say it again, REJOICE.

God’s will, not mine, be done.

Be not afraid; just have faith.

Jesus, I trust in You.

He must increase; I must decrease.

Lord, if You wish, You can make me clean.

But you man of God chose righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness. Compete well for the faith.

2 thoughts on “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to bring glad tidings to the poor.

  1. Thanks Jerry. I went to 8 a.m. Mass today and joined a few people from the parish with whom I went to Mexico City in June, 2019. Msgr Witt led a tour of the shrines relating to Our Lady of Guadelupe. Indescribable.

    Ed

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