In today’s Gospel, we have young Mary and her relative Elizabeth, both women who are so very different, but share something in common. Most certainly it is that they carry the Gift of Life within them, lives that will arguable be some of the most impacting lives in human history; but they also share in common that they, themselves are two of the most unassuming people who are essential to human history themselves.
During this Advent season, it is important for us to stop and think about the people around us, the people in our daily lives who make a great impact upon us and the world we live in. They are often times the most unassuming people. Recently, there was a very sad article in the news of a couple of police officers who made fun of a young woman with Down’s Syndrome. While the media sources villainized these police officers, the young girl and her mother, while disappointed in the behaviour of these men who should have known better – were very forgiving. This was a story which was only in the news cycle (as best as I could see it) one day: but had a powerful impact upon me. Sometimes news outlets publish these kinds of stories to evoke outrage in us, and the behaviour should be something we find deplorable but it was in what was least important that I found the most in this story myself. It was the forgiving spirit of this young woman. She was not hung up on the things the rest of us were. She taught me in her response to the reporter’s questions to relax and get off my own high horse and to let more go. I don’t know if she was a Christian, but she certainly acted like Christ.
I think you get the point; this news story was not on the news as a feel-good story, it had no religious overtones; but this young woman taught me humility, generosity and something about forgiveness in a very unassuming way. Every one of us encounters these kinds of people and situations all the time, and we’re only sometimes aware of them. We’re aware of the unassuming yet generous nature of Mary and Elizabeth, because we’re expecting it and awaiting it in the Gospels. What the Gospels teach us is what we need to go and discover in the world we live in day by day. Let us consider today, where will we encounter Christ in the most unassuming ways and people. May God bless you.