Our local priest pointed out something interesting at Mass on Friday evening; he said that we had the annunciation of two births over these couple of days and now we await on the birth of the Baptist, Dec 23rd and Jesus Dec 25th.
In the days in-between the annunciations and the births, we have Mary visiting Elizabeth. This meeting of the two mothers is something beautiful; of the two children in the womb something miraculous. The genuine love and respect for each other is evident, the motherly care of each towards their children comes to the fore.
Today we have the Magnificat, when Mary gives glory to God and thanks him for the mercy he has shown. The festival of Christmas is such a human story. It is wonderful in it's simplicity!
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