Chapter 2 – Jesus’ Birth And Childhood
Story No. 3 of 12 (Lk 1:39-45)
When Elizabeth and Mary met, both were expecting their first child.
Elizabeth said to Mary, “Blessed is she who believed, that what was spoken to her by the Lord, would be fulfilled.”
Mary believed all that the Angel told her. Zechariah, Elizabeth’s husband, didn’t, so he was struck dumb until after his child was born.
One day, Christ will return and we will, like Zechariah, be held accountable for our daily actions. So, how should we be preparing?
“God is our creator; talk to Him in prayer while living Jesus’ Gospel through each daily action. In addition, show your unique love for Jesus by occasionally fasting or doing other small penances. Perhaps, instead of focusing on where to socialise next, plan how to bring less-fortunate friends along with you; the less-fortunate are easy to find. Above all, plan to regularly meet Jesus in the sacraments of reconciliation and the Holy Eucharist”.
Mary, Queen of Heaven, bring me closer to you today and every day. Help me to find peace within myself and lasting companionship with Jesus.
Lord Jesus, you said, “Blessed are those who hear the word of God and listen,” may I be among the chosen.
Prayer: Peace (Extract from Prayer by St Francis de Sales)
Do not look forward in fear to the changes in life.
Do not fear what may happen tomorrow.
The same understanding Father who cares for you today,
will take care of you then and tomorrow.
He will either shield you from suffering,
or give you unfailing strength to bear it.
Be at peace and put aside all anxious thoughts and imaginations.
|Music Suggestion: O Come, O Come…|
Listen and reflect… pause and talk.
Corporal Works of Mercy
No 6: The more you love, the more sympathetic you become to the unfortunate:
“Visit the prisoners”.
Pray for prisoners… Hail Mary…
Read More: Jesus’ Life – See All 365 Stories
(Note: The story order represents an approximate timeline of events in Jesus’ ministry; Biblical Scholars views vary.)