Monday, December 24

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Joyful Mystery, the Visitation. “When Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe in her womb leapt. And she was filled with the Holy Spirit.” Luke 1:41. Have you ever been in the presence of someone holy? I mean truly holy? If you can answer that question with a yes then you know how Elizabeth and John felt at this moment. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit at that point. I suppose it depends on where we stand with God when confronted with real holiness just what sort of effect it would have on us. Obviously Elizabeth was in a good place in her relationship with God and so had a good experience with Mary and holiness. Some people might not be so blessed. I’d say “lucky” but I don’t think luck has anything to do with being in right standing with God. Its faith and grace and honest action based on these. Luck plays no part. But without the faith, the grace, and the resultant godly works, what might our reaction be when confronted with holiness? Shame? Anger? Some form of egotistical projection that would belittle the one who is holy? If you’ll think about it Jesus got all of these reactions and more. Odd, isn’t it, that what amounts to conviction of personal sin in the presence of holiness would lead a person to anything but repentance? Especially when you consider that repentance would lead to nothing less than joy. Our reaction to those people around us should give us insight into our selves and our standing with God. Because when other people, a whole group of other people like real and faithful Christians, create a problem for me (I’ll pick on me, I generally have it coming.) it’s a sure bet the problem is NOT theirs. We can learn a lot about ourselves from our reactions to others. These reactions are a pretty sure gauge of whats going on with us and not them.

Today … Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, and etc. What goes on in your house today? Because this is the eve of the birth of the Christ Child. You are about to be introduced, at the elevation of the Host, to the Author of all Holiness, all Goodness. And our reaction will be, what? Will we be paying attention? Will we be bored because we’ve seen this thousands of times? Will we be looking at those around us? Where will our focus be? We can learn a lot about ourselves  from our reactions to others. We can learn even more about ourselves from our reaction to the only Other that matters.

Just a thought, a wish, and a prayer … Marry Christ Mass! 🙂

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