Sunday, December 23, 2012

Simbang Gabi 2012 - Day 8

This morning's gospel is also Sunday's gospel.

Today, we recall Elizabeth's greetings when Mary came to visit her and affirm Mary's place in history as the Mother of Jesus, just like last week when we started, we don't need to go to church again, but the children may need to still be accompanied, so perhaps it's 2x church day again for us.

Anyways, today the homily centered on Mary and her role as Jesus' mother and how John, still in his mother's womb that time recognized not only Mary's presence but Jesus, also in His mother's womb, presence as well.  Elizabeth also realized Mary's significance when she uttered, "blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb" - the passage, I would guess, where Hail Mary was derived from.

My mind wanders towards those earlier times when angels visit ordinary humans and gave them clear directions on what needs to be done.  I imagine how different life would be (perhaps) for a lot of people, if an angel would visit them and say exactly what will happen. My mind also sees the infinite possibilities of God, coz here are two women, both carrying children in their wombs when they well shouldn't be... a virgin and a barren woman, impossible, many would say, but it came to pass and it is indeed a great miracle, only possible thru God.