Help us Jesus to bring peace to the world just like you did. The words of this week’s song are the words that Mary used when she went to visit Elizabeth, it is called the Magnificat. Help us to make the effort to make them feel at peace and to greet them with a smile. Elizabeth gave a glad cry and said to Mary, "God has blessed you above all women, and your child is blessed." If you have found any pieces of scripture that you think link to our theme this week then please add them in the comments box below to share the Good News so that we can all enjoy them! The Holy Spirit came upon Elizabeth. So, at the very beginning of the Christmas story was an event that was shared with family and it is a time that has meaning to us as families today. We had so much fun visiting, eating, and playing games. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Mary visits her relative Elizabeth in Judea, who prophesies of Jesus. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed. Jesus you said to your disciples, “Peace is what I leave with you; it is my own peace that I give you.”, How does the story shown in the video make you. "Why am I so blessed that the mother of my Lord would visit me?" Is there anyone that you need to forgive? After she recovered from the shock, the Bible tells us that Mary hurried to the home of a relative, Elizabeth, to tell her the news. Do you make time for quiet, peaceful moments in your life? The sign of peace, that we share by shaking the hands of those around us, comes from the words of Jesus in Matthew’s Gospel: So if you are about to offer your gift to God at the altar and there you remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with your brother, and then come back and offer your gift to God. A few days later Mary hurried to the hill country of Judea, to the town where Zechariah lived. Mary went to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who was also pregnant. Elizabeth said. Our Gospel reading today tells what happened after God sent the angel Gabriel to tell Mary that she was going to have a baby and that she would name him Jesus. In the name of Jesus we pray. The question is, will that person be you? Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site! Is it different if you have a visitor at your home/ school/ church? Most of these are taken from Open Bible – you can use their Topical Bible Search facility to find lots more ideas! Jesus is with us all the time but we still need to welcome Him into our lives and be at peace with Jesus by following in His footsteps and living a life full of love. Do you think you are like a magnifying glass who helps to make everyone’s love for Jesus stronger? Read about our approach to external linking. The sign of peace is not always a handshake, it might be a kiss or a hug. leave your gift there in front of the altar, go at once and make peace with your brother, and then come back and offer your gift to God. Elizabeth’s baby. (Check the scripture from last week if you’re struggling to work out why!). All Rights Reserved. At first Mary was a bit alarmed when she was visited by the Angel Gabriel but when she goes to visit Elizabeth she is now at peace with the news that the Angel brought her and is in fact joyful and praises God. He has brought down mighty kings from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly. You may want to fold the purple strips so that the writing is on the inside of the loop. I am! Is there anyone that you do not treat very nicely? Soon afterward Mary got ready and hurried off to a town in the hill country of Judea. A man called Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen once said that Mary the Mother of God is like “a magnifying glass that intensifies our love of her Son.” By seeing the great love and example of Mary we are able to be more like her and to be more like Jesus who showed love to everyone. You know the story. Elizabeth was filled with the, “You are the most blessed of all women, and blessed is the child you will bear!”. All Rights Reserved. Even in times where there are arguments and there is fighting help us to be the people who make the right choices and bring peace to those around us. Scriptures taken from the Holy Bible, New International Version®. She went into Zechariah's home, where she greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, her baby moved within her. People can travel a long way to see us and to spend time with us so it is important that we treasure that and make them feel welcome. Even in today’s world we hear lots of stories in the news and the media about people we should call our enemy and that we should be at war against.
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