Today’s Gospel reading is about Mary and Elizabeth. Mary has been greeted by the angel as “highly favored one”. “The Lord is with you.” For Mary this seemed to be an unsettling & unexpected greeting. We’re told that she pondered these things in her heart. Perhaps in her pondering, she was asking questions. What does it mean to be highly favored & blessed? How can this be? Even though this must have been an unsettling experience for Mary, she accepted the Good News. She went forward in faith proclaiming the greatness of the Lord.
Mary took the Lord to Elizabeth. The Lord took Mary to Elizabeth. Both women were blessed by God. Mary and Elizabeth delighted in the blessing of God. Their hearts were filled with joy. Mary’s joy added to the joy of Elizabeth. They shared faith. They comforted one another. They rejoiced in the Lord’s amazing grace. Yet, their joy reached out to all who were waiting for the promised Messiah. The Visitation story shows us that Mary is more than a passive bystander. Mary is the Mother of God who had the courage and audacity to say yes to God.
Perhaps we can ponder these questions during this last Sunday of Advent. Who are the Elizabeth’s in my life? Where & how does the joy of the presence of the Lord take place in my life? What does it mean to be blessed by the Lord?
As you watch the video link below, I hope it will an inspiration for you to go into the hill country & share the good news.
I used the following Books for this reflection:
Sacred Fire- Ronald Rolheiser
Praying With Icons- Jim Forest,
The Liturgical Year- Joan Chittister
Standing in the Shoes My Mother Made- Diana L. Hayes