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Micah 5:1-4a; Psalm 80; Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45

Today we continue the gospel story begun on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception, we repeat the gospel story told on the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe. It must be important! While our reading on December 12 went on for two more verses, containing part of Mary’s Magnificat, today’s gospel ends with Elizabeth’s words: “Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled!”And as usual, the words of scripture are addressed to us as well as to those sitting in the early house-churches as well as to the original listener. That “peace of God which surpasses understanding” is born and nurtured in our trust that God’s promises to us will be fulfilled. Of course, we need to understand what those promises are. God never promised us that everything would go our way, that life would be easy, that there would be no pain nor tears. God promises to be with us always, to bring to completion what has been begun in us. Blessed are we who believe.

How do God’s promises uphold your life?