Fourth Sunday of Advent : 19th December 2021

Daily Word Of God

Luke 1:39-45

Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth.

     Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’

Today's Pointers on God's Word

As you read the passage what words, phases or meanings caught your attention?

  • The Church had made Elizabeth’s greeting a part of the Hail Mary prayer for centuries: “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus”.


  • Elizabeth’s greeting, inspired by the Holy Spirit, was a clear affirmation of God’s plan in Mary, for her generous and courageous “Yes” to God.


  • In five days’ time, the promise made to Mary by the angel Gabriel will be This promise will take root and renew our relationship with God who comes to us through His beloved child and Son, Jesus Christ.