Have you ever had the misfortune of breaking a promise to a child? I don’t know anything more heartbreaking, though it’s hard to avoid sometimes. Today, so close to Bethlehem and the nativity of Christ, we rejoice to hear of one promise that is never broken, the promise God makes to his children.
In the Gospel, ringing down through history are the magnificent words of Mary, exulting in who God is and what God does. They resound backward through history too, as far back as humanity goes, for God has always promised mercy to his children. And, as Hannah and Mary both remind us today, he has always given it. He remembers and fulfills his promise. In the darkest, coldest, bleakest days, this is our hope. In the light of Christmas soon to break upon us, this is our faith.
Let our souls proclaim the greatness of the Lord.
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