Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! The Lord, your God, is in your midst, a mighty savior. He will rejoice over you with gladness, and renew you in his love. He will sing joyfully because of you, as one sings at festivals. Zephaniah 3: 16-17
How should we live this Word
This cry of joy often does not resound adequately in us. And yet the words, “Fear not…Be not discouraged,” have a more solid foundation for us today than it did then. It no longer deals with a prophet’s prediction of the end of oppression and violence, but of the valid certainty of a loving presence that will never end. Elizabethrecognized this inMary’s pregnant womb. For us it is the confirmation ofJesus’ word. “I will be with you until the end of time.” From that time, He is silently present in the humblest tabernacle as He is present in His Word, and in every person. He is not tired of being with human children! The darker the horizon seems, the closer He is walking among us to save us.
This is true for every individual as it is for the Church and for all of humanity. God is our powerful Savior so there is no reason to be discouraged, no matter the difficulties or evils that surround us. He can and will renew all with His love.
Marythe true and new Arc of the Covenant comes to visit us in our fragility and our difficulties, to bring us the marvelous fruit of her womb. She comes to banish sadness from our hearts. She comes because she is the Mother of all those she generated beneath the cross.
Today in my pause for silent contemplation, I will contemplateMaryas she comes to my house so that I too may explode with joy.
Come, O Mother, dwell in my home. Come with Your sweet secret, the promise of the love that precedes me and accompanies me, filling my days with radiance.
The voice of Mother Maria Candida of the Eucharist, Carmelite
If we want to gather the blest Flower, we must reach the branch that carries it, the virgin womb of Mary.