Friday, Third Week of Advent

Theme: Elizabeth
Symbol: Mother and Child

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The Birth and Naming of John the Baptist. Juan de Flandes, 1496.

Prayer of Ven. Bruno Lanteri

Almighty and Eternal God, I (name), although most  unworthy, but encouraged by your compassion and infinite mercy, and by the desire of serving you, offer before the Most Holy Virgin Mary and all the Court of Heaven, to your Divine Majesty, this day, and all my thoughts, words and actions in it. I humbly beg of your infinite goodness and mercy, by the Blood of Jesus Christ, that you choose to accept this offering in the odor of sweetness, and that as you have given me the grace to desire and to make this offering, so also you grant me the grace to fulfill it. Amen.

O Virgin immaculately conceived, put into my heart those things of your Son most pleasing to him. Amen.

Scripture: Luke 1:57
When it was time for Elizabeth to have her baby, she gave birth to a son.

Reflection: To every event or problem that exists on earth, there is usually an appointed time for the event to occur or for the problem to be solved. To many that doubt the power of God, a baby in the hands of the elder and infertile Elizabeth could be at best described as a dream or a mirage. But it is real, God has done it; her shame is gone. Those who were laughing at her, now have no choice but to laugh with her. To many who are in agony waiting on God for a favor, your appointed time will come. It calls for patience and an attentive listening to God. This is because it is either that God will give you what you want in a little while, or he has even granted you the necessary grace to persevere with the particular situation. Let us be hopeful, for the God we serve is the Alpha and Omega, able to give a perfect solution to our problems with the event of his Advent.