Advent calendar reflection for 19 December

Woman holding a tool beside a pond.

Nomita by the fish pond.

“Blessed is she who believed the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.” 

Luke 1:45

In today’s gospel, Mary and Elizabeth, having both received surprising news of their pregnancies, are preparing to become mothers for the first time. While it is joyful news, it is also challenging. We witness them turn to each other in love and embrace the promise that God will be with them. 

The two women affirm, share and celebrate the blessing they have been given. In their joyful encounter they support each other as they look forward to what God is doing in and through them.  

Women throughout the world today face unexpected and challenging situations. Nomita in Bangladesh lives each day at risk of losing her home and loved ones to cyclones. Despite the difficulty of trying to grow food on land poisoned by saltwater flooding, she has built her home, raised her children and made a living on her own. Her strength, determination and courage are inspirational. 

This Advent, let’s pray that we will be inspired by the encounter of Mary and Elizabeth – inspired with openness to encounter and to be in solidarity with all members of our global family; inspired with faith to hold onto God’s presence and promises and inspired with the courage to proclaim God’s kingdom. 

Advent prayer

Faithful God, you always keep your promises.
Strengthen our trust,
as we long for your Kingdom
of justice and peace.
Make us a people of hope,
sharing with the world
the love and joy
that we have found in you.
Amen.

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