December 19, 2021
Fourth Sunday of Advent
Detecting Divinity in the Ordinary
Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste…
Luke 1:39

Mary’s visit to Elizabeth is one of the few times in Scripture where two women share the center stage. On the surface, some could see this encounter as very ordinary, going so far as to dismiss Mary as “too young” to be of any real significance yet. And Elizabeth as “too old” to matter anymore. (Shouldn’t she and Zachariah be looking for a retirement community?) Yet we believers know this meeting is anything but ordinary.

Both women are pregnant—under different yet God-ordained circumstances. At the very sound of Mary’s greeting, the child in Elizabeth’s womb dances for joy. Elizabeth calls Mary “blessed among women,” extolling her for daring to believe that God’s word spoken to her would be fulfilled. This simple story is a reminder for all of us to look beneath the surface of ordinary people and ordinary events—because Divinity is at work there.

- Sr. Melannie Svoboda, S.N.D.

Micah 5:1-4a • Psalm 80:2-3, 15-16, 18-19 Hebrews 10:5-10 • Luke 1:39-45


December 19, 2021 at 12:19 PM


December 19, 2021 at 09:38 AM

Thank you Sr. Melanie for reminding us of finding the divine in the ordinary. I have believed that that is the secret to a happy life. Blessings to you all on this 4th Sunday of Advent. Lifting those in prayer who feel alone - may they feel the warmth and connection of God’s love. And, those who are homeless and facing the tragedy in Kentucky, may the giving grace of communities surrounding them provide comfort and sustenance, and for all who will fall ill in this next round of the pandemic - may the symptoms be fewer and the recovery be faster.

December 19, 2021 at 10:53 AM

Jane well said we are so blessed to have you in the living faith family. Sandy I will keep you and your son in my thoughts and prayers today. Living faith family please keep your prayers for the people who are having trouble with life struggles homeless, depressed, without any family suffering from covid19, or weather related trauma. Souls in purgatory need our prayers to be released. Holy hour today, was canceled last week because of power outages. Azmom and Katj you are prayer warriors Ken

December 19, 2021 at 10:09 AM

Amen to all of the above Jane!

December 19, 2021 at 09:35 AM


December 19, 2021 at 08:13 AM

For you Sandy and for your son. May God reach out to each of you,send his spirit to guide and watch over both of you and see you through this crisis. Prayers for you.

December 19, 2021 at 07:21 AM

Please keep my son, who is going through a personal crisis, in prayer. Your prayers here are so powerful and faith filled. Thank you.

Bill L
December 19, 2021 at 04:34 PM

You and your son will be in my prayers this evening, Sandy

December 19, 2021 at 10:58 AM

May Gods blessings come upon your son.

December 19, 2021 at 10:11 AM

Sandy- I will keep your son in my prayers this morning. May he be guided in his decisions, God Bless

December 19, 2021 at 09:30 AM

Sandy, we are thinking of you and your son, lifting you both towards the light, that it may shine God’s healing presence into the crisis. May God guide both of you through the Holy Spirit and may you be open to feeling it.

December 19, 2021 at 08:01 AM

Sandy- Thoughts and prayers for your son as he works his way through. Also thoughts and prayers for you.

December 19, 2021 at 07:59 AM

Prayers for you son.

December 19, 2021 at 07:17 AM

Amen. Thank you Sister Melanie for reflection :)

December 19, 2021 at 07:15 AM

So true! God always chooses the humble and seemingly insignificant ones over the rich and powerful. Thank you Sister Melannie for reminding us that God loves the simple and faithful people of this world. That is where we look for the divine touch of His hand.


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