When Mary visited Elizabeth, we learned about the encounter between Jesus and John the Baptist, too. The power of God’s plan unfolding inspires every Christian to believe that God has a magnificent plan for us all.

Being present to one another is essential in the Christian encounter. As we prepare for Christmas, may we all be renewed in our appreciation of the gift of encounter.

O gracious God, may Christmas renew the hearts and minds of all people of goodwill. May the witness of Christians inspire people to believe in God’s goodness.