Luke 1:39-45 – Mary Visits Elizabeth
LK1:39 Now in those days Mary rose and traveled hastily into the hill country to a village of Judah. LK1:40 She entered into the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. LK1:41 Now the moment Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting her baby suddenly moved in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with holy Pneuma. LK1:42 She cried out in a loud voice: “You are most blessed among women! Blessed is the fruit of your womb! LK1:43 Why am I so privileged that the mother of my Master should visit me? LK1:44 For, look, at the very moment I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb leaped with joy! LK1:45 Blessed is the one who continues to believe that there will be a fulfillment to the things spoken to her by YHWH!”
- Blessed is the Fruit of Your womb (reclaimingourchildren.typepad.com)
How beautiful that God would choose to use Mary’s “yes” to save us from our “no.” That the fruit of Mary’s womb, Jesus, would become man, and, by His life, death, and resurrection, expiate the sin of aborting millions of unborn babies from their mother’s wombs.
- 21st December, Gospel Reading (Luke 1:39-45) (prayers4reparation.wordpress.com)
Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry
- Just Say It. (thegilmoregirl.wordpress.com)
Can you imagine the comfort of these words to Mary’s ears? How peaceful it must have been to her heart. It’s almost as if you can hear her breath a small sigh of relief, because God had given her another sign that He was taking care of her.Elizabeth spoke of things she didn’t even know of, but those words calmed Mary in a way that only a Savior could. How supernaturally powerful!
- Mary and Elizabeth (rccsdevos.wordpress.com)
Mary remained with her about three months and returned to her home.
- Christmas ponderings (bweisenauer.wordpress.com)
Mary is willing to allow God to use her for His Kingdom but what did she think when she went to visit her cousin Elizabeth? Luke 1: 39-56 tells us of another sign from God that must have made Mary excited, full of praise as well as apprehensive about her future.
- Waiting… Waiting… (loveunderstandserve.wordpress.com)
A single woman couldn’t just pop into her car and tear off down the highway in those days. She would have had to find a group of people she knew who were traveling in the direction of Ein Karem. She would required permission from her parents to travel. She would have to gather supplies for the journey. Then she would spend several more days actually walking the long distance between her home and Elizabeth’s.Can you imagine the anticipation and anxiety Mary was feeling?
- A Meditation on the Visitation (reclaimingourchildren.typepad.com)
In describing Mary’s departure for Judea, the Evangelist uses the verb “anístemi,” which means “to arise, “to start moving.” Considering that this verb is used in the Gospels to indicate Jesus’ Resurrection (Mk 8:31; 9:9,31; Lk 24:7, 46) or physical actions that imply a spiritual effort (Lk 5:27-28; 15:18,20), we can suppose that Luke wishes to stress with this expression the vigorous zeal which led Mary, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, to give the world its Saviour.
- Advent: Anticipation (gospelconvergence.com)
However, one thing that was predictable was the fact that everyone was talking about the anticipated baby in the womb (note: not the anticipated foetus. Anticipation has the wonderful ability to shatter much scientific theory. I digress!)
- Saturday, 21 December 2013 : 3rd Week of Advent, Memorial of St. Peter Canisius, Priest and Doctor of the Church (Gospel Reading) (petercanisiusmichaeldavidkang.com)
“The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby within me suddenly leapt for joy. Blessed are you who believed that the Lord’s word would come true!”
- More Than Meets The Eye (ubicrux.com)
Imagine that you were a silent observer to this interaction. You would see two people, Mary and Elizabeth, talking to one another. No big deal, right? Conversations between two people happen all the time. But if you limit your vision of the Visitation to only what you see, you will miss so much. Though you can only see two actors in this story, there are actually six. Jesus, the Son, is present as an embryo in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary. St. John the Baptist is present in the womb of Elizabeth and “leaps for joy” at Mary’s words. The Holy Spirit is present, as the Gospel says that Elizabeth was “filled with the Holy Spirit.” And the Father, being omnipotent and omnipresent, is also there. You see a simple conversation. But there is so much more than meets the eye.