December 24, 2006
Catechist Background and Preparation
Spend a few minutes reflecting on what these readings mean for you today. Was there a particular reading which appealed to you? Was there a word or image that engaged you?
Read the Word in Liturgy and Catholic Doctrine sections. These give you background on what you will be doing this session. Read over the session outline and make it your own. Check to see what materials you will need for the session.
The Word In Liturgy
In Luke’s gospel today, Mary, pregnant with Jesus, goes in haste to see Elizabeth, who is also with child in unusual circumstances. The scene between the two women, honored in the tradition as “the Visitation,” is both a human encounter and a moment of transcendent significance. When she sees Mary, Elizabeth is “filled with the Holy Spirit,” and the baby within her “leaps for joy.” Under the influence of this Spirit, she speaks a powerful truth, calling Mary “blessed” and her unborn child “my Lord.” In its Advent context, this reading inspires awe for the mystery of Christ’s coming in the flesh. Who is this woman, to be greeted thus? Who is the child of her womb, that even before his birth he inspires such prophetic utterances?
Jesus the Christ is both human and divine. The humanity of Jesus is key to understanding his divinity. In the person of Jesus, God and humankind come together in perfect unity.