The great and joyful mystery of oneness with God that Mary experiences in the Annunciation overflows in her and must be shared. The Good News she received from the Angel, that God is once more one with his people, is so great that she hurries to announce it to the world. Creation has been restored! Humanity is being restored to true life. Through the birth, life, passion, death and resurrection of the Messiah, humanity will no longer be subject to sin and death. As a sign that humanity and divinity are no longer separated, a child yet in the womb of his mother experiences this new reality in Jesus and leaps for joy. John and each child will be born to a new hope.

The Lord is present in each of us and sends us into a world that longs to hear the Good News that God, who is merciful, is with us and will always be with us. Following the example of Mary we must do something concrete and real to transmit the experience of the Lord’s mercy. She went to visit and help her elderly and pregnant relative. What can each of us do? Maybe this is a good time to remember and practice the “works of mercy” we learned in the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

No. 2447 The works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead. Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God…

Practicing mercy brings us joy, joy to our world and a leap of new life in those we serve.

By Fr. Joseph Jablonski, MSC

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