We are now in the last few days before Christmas.

The first reading of today’s Mass comes from the Song of Songs.

This is a love poem.  It speaks about a loving relationship between two lovers.

The bride represents the people of God, and the young man represents God.

Romantic imagery describes the deep and passionate love between them.

Beautiful and rich imagery from nature calls us to be present as this loving drama is acted out.

In three days is Christmas Eve.  This can be a frantic time for some.  Since for us here in Australia it coincides with the end of the year.  There is a certain weariness that many, both young and old, feel.

Finalising things for the year, last minute shopping, extra correspondence, can build up and distract us.

This beautiful reading from Song of Songs 2: 8-14, is a refreshing reminder of celebration.

“Come then, my love,

My lovely one, come.

For see winter is past…..

Let me her your voice,

for your voice is sweet

and your face is beautiful”

A reminder to find time for those relational moments with our lover God.  A relationship which is a place of absolute security where we are renewed.

In the Gospel, a pregnant Mary brings Jesus to Elizabeth who is carrying John the Baptist (Luke 1 3a-6).

Mary is not hindered by her personal needs from reaching out to a relative in need.

That encounter brings joy to John who is not even born yet.

“the child in my womb leapt for joy.”

A timely reminder in the busyness to make time for others.

Good to recognise Christ in each other.

Even in the womb John recognises Jesus.

It is also good to remember that generosity must not be just for our inner circle.  We are called to serve all, and to reach out to all.

We have been given so much.  We have much to share.

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