Daily Gospel Reflection for December 21, 2017


Today’s Gospel: Luke 1:39-45

“Blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:45)

According to all common sense, Elizabeth and Mary were implausible choices for motherhood: one was too old to have a child; one was very young, not yet married. Yet, open to God, they were each willing to say yes to “the new.”

As we draw near to the celebration of Christmas, the feast of the renewal of the ever-newness of what it means to be human, where are we called to be like Mary and Elizabeth: to be pioneers, to bring something new? Within our own lives? To our families? Our friends? Our work places? Our parishes? Our neighborhoods? Our hurting world?

Within the spirit of how God’s plans for Elizabeth and Mary changed their lives and the life of the world, begin to plan today for your New Year’s resolutions. Can you make one resolution to be a pioneer, to bring a hopeful newness of life to your corner of the world?

God calls us, just as He called Elizabeth and Mary: to venture out sometimes to the unknown, to bring fresh energy to our world. God’s plans, many times, might not coincide with what seems normal and ordinary in our eyes.


What one resolution can I make to be a pioneer, to bring a hopeful newness of life to my corner of the world?


God of pioneering newness, Your plans of newness might not coincide with what seems normal and ordinary in my eyes. Help me to deepen my trust in Your plans, in Your vision.

Copyright 2017 Janet Schaeffler, OP

A leader of days of reflection/retreats, parish missions, workshops/presentations, facilitator of groups, author, and facilitator of online classes (University of Dayton and Boston College), Janet Schaeffler, OP, continues the ministry in which she was involved in parishes and as Director of Adult Faith Formation for the Archdiocese of Detroit.

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