UNBORN WORD of the day

Advent Joy: A sermon without words
December 16, 2007, 10:21 pm
Filed under: Advent


Joy was the hallmark of St. John the Baptist’s first meeting with the Lord at the Visitation (Luke 1:39-45). Since Mary had kept her secret to herself, the unborn John was the first human being to bear witness to the Messiah! Why did God choose an unborn baby? Indeed, and why not? No physical human eyes whether adult’s or child’s could have seen the one week old Unborn Jesus. And how did unborn John bear witness? With a joyful leap!

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. …For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.” Luke 1:41-44

There are many ways to preach the Gospel. The sheer joy and leap of this unborn baby is like the first Gospel sermon ever preached. John in his mother’s womb teaches us that, even without words, joy is a great way to introduce Christ to others. Let us spread joy: a joyful smile, a pleasant word, a cheerful disposition, a happy meeting, a merry gathering and even, if need be, a joyful leap. During the Advent and Christmas season we can imitate John and introduce others to Christ through our joy.


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