Song of Songs 2:8-14 or Zephaniah 3:14-18a
In today’s Gospel, Elizabeth receives Mary at her home. When the Holy Spirit moves Elizabeth, she testifies to the reality of the Messiah being the child in Mary’s womb. It will then be Elizabeth’s son, John the Baptist, who will prepare the way for his cousin’s public ministry.
It is Elizabeth’s graciousness, both in her hospitality and her remarks, that provides the setting for this story. When we are gracious, we open ourselves up to become an instrument of God’s peace and love. Graciousness, another characteristic of an Everyday Steward, allows others to see the effect God has had on our lives. It is not always enough to just share our gifts with others. It is how we share them that can make all the difference. The good steward finds joy in generosity, and that joy can become contagious.
Daily advent challenge:
If you bake or cook, make something for someone as a gesture of hospitality. If you don’t do either, invite them out to lunch or dinner. (It does not have to be expensive!)