Thursday, 3rd Week of Advent

Reading 1. Is. 54: 1-10; Ps. 30:2-13; Gospel. Lk. 7: 24-30

In the whole of the New Testament we see two persons enjoying a unique privilege given by God. One is Mother Mary, the mother of Jesus, who was called “the blessed among all women.” The second person is John the Baptist who was called “the greatest among all those born of women,” and was also the forerunner of Jesus, the Saviour of the world. This privilege was given to them not because they asked for it but because God the Father wanted them to honour his Son Jesus through their privilege. This privilege was not a purely personal favour but for the purpose of honouring Christ.

On the other hand we also see how the same two persons are exalted by Christ with the affirmation in the words“my mother and my brothers are those who hear the word of God and do it” (Lk: 8:21) and “yet the least in the kingdom of God is greater than he” (Lk: 7: 28). Jesus said these words to prove that Blessed Virgin Mary and John the Baptist lived their lives up to their calling.

These statements are rather an invitation for each one of us to enjoy the same privilege of Blessed Virgin Mary and John the Baptist by considering the two personalities as our role models who made themselves so humble that God the Father exalted them above all.

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