39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: ‘Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favoured, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfil his promises to her!’
Even in the womb the unborn John is excited about Jesus, leaping for joy at his proximity, echoing his mother’s joy at being in Mary’s presence. This is the heart of Advent and Christmas, God’s coming into our midst. How can you celebrate Jesus’ coming today?
Father, thank you for Advent – the approach of Jesus into our lives!