The prediction from the Old Testament....
2 "But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me One who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old, from ancient times."
3 Therefore Israel will be abandoned until the time when she who is in labor gives birth and the rest of His brothers return to the children Israel.
4 He shall stand firm and shepherd His flock by the strength of the LORD, in the majestic Name of the LORD His God. And they will live securely, for then His greatness will reach to the ends of the earth.
5 And He will be their peace.
It is in this next passage where we hear what the main thing is that God cares about the most. It is that we love and accept His Son Jesus, which He sent to us to secure our salvation. Nothing we can humanly do, can do more to please God the Father other than this. As Jesus says to His Father....
5 Therefore, when Christ came into the world, He said: "Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a body You prepared for Me (in the human form of Jesus);
6 with burnt offerings and sin offerings You were not pleased.
7 Then I said, 'Here I am - it is written about Me in the scroll - I have come to do Your will, O God.' "
8 First He said, "Sacrifices and offerings, burnt offerings and sin offerings You did not desire, nor were You pleased with them" (although the law required them to be made).
9 Then He said, "Here I am, I have come to do Your will." He sets aside the first to establish the second.
10 And by that will, we have been made holy through the sacrifice of the body of Jesus Christ once and for all.
In today's gospel we hear about when Mary, the pregnant mother of Jesus, visits her cousin Elizabeth, who is pregnant with a son who would become John the Baptist.
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea,
40 where she entered Zechariah's home and greeted Elizabeth.
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the Child you will bear!
43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy.
45 Blessed is she who has believed that what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished!"