On the fourth Sunday of Advent (Luke 1:39-44), the two cousins Mary and Elizabeth are wonderful examples of women prepared to obey the will of God and take up their vocation as a mother, a vocation especially chosen for them by God even before they were conceived.

Sometimes the will of God may not necessarily be our will; it is possible that Mary and Elizabeth didn’t choose to be ‘set apart’, to bring the Saviour into the world and the one who would prepare the way for the Messiah. ‘God, here I am! I am coming to obey your will.’ 

Perhaps the will of God is freeing, something to do with joy, ‘the child in my womb leapt for joy,’ something to do today, ‘Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah,’ to respond with praise, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit your womb,’ and to believe that God has destined a special vocation for us, ‘Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’

These two courageous women give us an example of listening to the Lord, of doing his will and responding with love and joy.

Kind regards and God bless

Father Eamon Kennedy

20th December 2012