THE VISITATION TO ELIZABETH
The third Sunday of the Season of Announcement
commemorates another important event in the unfolding
of the promises of God: Mary went to visit her cousin,
After receiving such tremendous good news, Mary could
have secluded herself in a life of prayer and contemplation.
However, after the angel of the Lord had communicated the
news of Elizabeth’s conception to her, Mary perceived it as
the Lord’s will that she go to be with Elizabeth, and thus
chose to share the divine life within her with another. Mary
shared Jesus with others even before his birth. The
fundamental task of an apostle is to share Jesus with others,
and so, Mary is called the “Queen of the Apostles.”
Impelled by the Spirit of God, Mary left on a journey that
required four days of difficult travel, especially for a poor girl such as herself. Yet, as the Mother of God and our Mother, she was already concerned for the welfare of others.
When Mary encountered Elizabeth, the unborn infant in her womb leapt for joy, and Elizabeth herself was filled with the Spirit and sang of the blessedness of Mary.
Mary is blessed, not simply because she was to be the Mother of God, but also because of her own personal faith. She heard the words of the angel and accepted everything that was to happen with humility. For this reason, she is blessed throughout the ages.
The hymn of Mary differs from that of Zechariah. Zechariah’s hymn is communal: he is proclaiming gratitude to God on behalf of all the people of Israel. On the other hand, Mary’s hymn is personal, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.” She is humbly proclaiming the great things that God has done for her. In humility, the Virgin of Nazareth proclaims how great the Lord has made her by choosing her as the Mother of his Son.
The hymn of Mary announces a revolution which God will bring about through his Son. This revolution has a variety of aspects: it is moral (“He has confused the proud in their inmost thoughts.”); social (“He has deposed the mighty from their thrones and raised the lowly to high places.”) and economic (“The hungry He has given every good thing, while the rich He has sent empty away”.)
To be called by God for any task, brings with it a crown of sorrow and a crown of joy. God chooses us not for our own glorification, but in order to use us to bring about his kingdom. Like Mary, all of us should respond with humility and be grateful to God for choosing us as his instruments.
Pope Francis has named Maronite Patriarch Beshara al-Rahi as a member of the Vatican’s Congregation for Catholic Education, state-run National News Agency reported on Wednesday.
The Maronite Patriarchate’s secretariat said al-Rahi was appointed on November 9th, noting that he will occupy the post for a period of five years.
Congratulations Your Beatitude Mar Beshara Cardinal Boutros Rahi!
SAVE THE DATES!
The invitations for Msgr. Moussa ordination were mailed 2 weeks ago to all parishioners. If any of you did not get an invitation, please contact the Rectory at 314-621-0056. Please send your replies as soon as possible.
The Ladies Society will hold their Christmas party on Thursday, December 5th at 6 pm at Bartolino’s Osteria on Hampton Ave. Tickets are $27 per person. Anyone interested in attending may call Pat Busekrus at 314-920-2573.
The Men’s Society will hold their Christmas party on Wednesday, December 4th at 6:30 pm and will serve St. Louis style barbeque prepared by the folks at Pappy’s Smokehouse. We would like everyone to try and get their sons or nephews to attend, if they are college age or older. We will send out an email for people to RSVP so we can order enough food. If you are not receiving our emails currently, please contact David Wahby at firstname.lastname@example.org or Mike Hurley at Michael@hurleyandhurley.com. As always, men’s society will sponsor the meal, but will accept donations to offset the cost, however your attendance is what we consider most important. Please make an effort to attend this meeting, as well as, to help create interest in the men’s society among young men in our parish. Thank you
On Tuesday, December 31, 2013 we will have a New Years Eve Party at the Cedars Hall. Tickets will be available for purchase this weekend after all masses, They are $75 per person. More details will be mailed to everyone next week. I hope many of you will consider joining us at St. Raymond’s
BREAKFAST WITH SANTA
While you are out shopping, please pick up a toy, game or craft for a needy child.
Please bring the wrapped present to the Children’s Liturgy Sunday, December 15th,
At 9 am. Fr. Moussa will accept the gifts on behalf of area needy children. Your
Generosity is appreciated.
Did you purchase your Breakfast with Santa and raffle tickets yet? Hurry, they are
Please see Robbyn Wahby following 9 am liturgy for tickets!