Commentary on the Gospel of

Victoria Sanchez - School Teacher in Madrid

 Fourth Sunday of Advent  -  "Blessed are you who have believed!" 

When Christmas is just around the corner, the gospel presents us Mary pregnant setting out to visit her cousin St. Elisabeth. 

The lesson could not be more obvious and more important: the two cousins said to each other the "Magnificat which Mary proclaimed and Elizabeth's greeting" is in itself of great importance. Mary, who has entered human history by risking her own life to do God's will, goes on her way, and the voice of God speaking within her tells her that she must travel to help her cousin Elizabeth. She teaches us to be enterprising and courageous when the happiness of others is at stake; to be concern with other it is like the engine of human existence, it is both the cause and the effect of our actions in favour of others. Mary appears in the mystery of the Visitation as the Virgin of Charity.  

Mary's visit to Elizabeth prepares us to live Christmas well by communicating to us the dynamism of faith and charity. This dynamism is the work of the Holy Spirit: full of joy, as we see in the meeting between the two mothers, which is a hymn of joyful jubilation to the Lord, who does great things with the simple who trust in him. (Pope Francis 23-12-2018) . 

Mary, as an Advent figure, is a model for the believers of yesterday and today because of her active charity, her deep faith and her ardent hope. 

Help us, Lord, to trust like Mary in your promises and to listen with confidence to your Word.  

(Psalm 23) The Lord is coming, he is the King of glory.  



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