This morning Msgr Morrissey and I went to Nassau jail to celebrate Mass for the English speaking men and English speaking women there. It is always a privilege to be able to respond to the words of Jesus, ”I was in prison and you visited me.”  In my homily I used the Sunday Gospel to show how Mary’s total openness to God’s will made her the most perfect instrument to bring God’s Son and our salvation into the world.  Yet after she spoke her “YES” to God when she said to the Angel Gabriel “Be it done to me according to your word,” she did not just become paralyzed in her own world.  She went immediately to help her cousin Elizabeth, bringing herself but, at the same time, bringing God’s Son, her child, into the house of Elizabeth.  When Elizabeth said “How is it that the mother of My Lord has come to me?” She also said to Mary “Blessed are you because you believed.”  In those words Elizabeth teaches us that we too can bring Christ to everyone we meet in imitation of Mary who first believed in her heart before she carried Jesus in her womb.  We who believe have received God’s word and we now, like her, can bring that Word, that Son, that Savior to the world!  In a few days we will celebrate Christmas.  Let’s try to imitate Mary and bring Christ with us wherever we go to whomever we meet with words that build up peace and joy, life and love.  Blessed are you because you have believed!

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