Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”
BLESSED AMONG WOMEN. Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, hears Mary’s greetings and will no longer speak on her own. The Spirit leads Elizabeth to address her much younger cousin Mary as “blessed among women” and “mother of my Lord.” Elizabeth is also enlightened by the Holy Spirit as regards Mary’s real purpose for taking the long journey from Nazareth to Zechariah’s house. Mary does not come to investigate whether or not the angel’s news about Elizabeth’s pregnancy is true. The Spirit has shown Elizabeth how Mary trusted that the Lord’s words to her would be fulfilled.
The Child that Mary carries in her womb is the one foretold by the ancient prophets. Micah, a contemporary of Isaiah (the prophet of Advent), has foretold a national catastrophe for Israel and Judah. They will suffer the punishment of God and afterwards a king shall arise and emerge as a clear and bright sign of hope for the future. The king from David’s line will bring new life to the people.
How will this king bring peace to the nation? Not through conquest or by the use of force. In the Letter to the Hebrews, the king is revealed to be the Christ, who descends on earth and chooses to be a sacrifice pleasing to God. “Behold, I come to do your will, O God,” Christ says. The humble heart of Jesus that leads him to fulfill the Father’s will is linked to the humble heart of Mary who gives her “fiat” to the Lord.
As with Elizabeth and Mary, our encounters with relatives and friends can be occasions when we are filled with the Spirit of God.
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