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Today’s Gospel
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Weekdays of Advent: December 21st

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Gospel text (Lk 1:39-45): Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb (…). For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy." Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

Illustration: Francesc Badia

Today we hear a dialogue full of joy between two mothers: Mary and Elizabeth. But... oh surprise! Those who really talk, are two "characters" that still are in the belly of their mothers: Jesus - still an embryo of a few days - and John the Baptist - six months in his mother's womb.

-The two protagonists of that solemn time were two babies, not yet born! Let us always respect human life!