Gospel in pictures: Sunday 4th (C) of Advent
The Gospel today presents us with two people, Maria and her cousin Elizabeth, who show us with their example the spiritual attitude we should have towards this event. It should be an attitude of faith, of dynamic faith.
Elizabeth, with sincere humility, "was filled with Holy Spirit, and giving a loud cry, said, (….) ‘How is it that the mother of my Lord comes to me?" (Lk 1:41-43). Nobody had explained anything to her. It was her faith alone, the Holy Spirit, that had made her see that her cousin was the mother of her Lord, of God.
Knowing the attitude of total faith on Mary's part, when the angel announced that God had chosen her to be his earthly mother, Elizabeth is eager to proclaim the happiness and joy that faith gives. She underlines this saying: "Blessed are you who believed that the Lord's word would come true!" (Lk 1:45).