Friday, December 19, 2014

Embrace the Lord Emmanuel

Our Lady of Good Counsel
The Church puts on our lips a particularly helpful prayer, if we allow the words to penetrate deeply into our hearts and our souls. The prayer is a combination of the words that God put onto Gabriel's lips when he brought the message heaven had been waiting from all eternity to say to Mary and the words that the Holy Spirit inspired Elizabeth to say in the passage from the Gospel: "Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb." 

Today we make those words our own and ask her to pray for us sinners, now, so that we might be full of grace and with the Lord. Mary knows that some of us  are not full of grace and maternally pleads with those in this situation to go to her son, which would be good advice for everyone. 

And she'd remind us that for the Lord Emmanuel to be with us, we need to head toward him who is coming, to embrace him in prayer and have a loving Communion with Him.