Friday of the Second Week in Advent
Just as darkness and light are set against each other in this season, so the high and glorious words of Angel Gabriel contrast with the humble, receptive, gentle words of Mary. She makes her decision: “Behold the maidservant of the Lord!” God takes flesh in her womb because of her “Yes.”
Mary and Elizabeth meet, as well as the children in their wombs. Mary combines humility with exaltation in her song, the Magnificat: “My soul magnifies the Lord.”
A magnifying glass makes bigger what you see through it. Mary makes God larger to Elizabeth and us. How can you ready yourself so that when others look at you, they see Christ within and beyond you, made larger, greater, and clearer?
Fridays are dedicated to the Gospels. This year, we read the Gospel of St. Luke,except during Lent and with a few other exceptions.