“For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting…”
Gospel: Luke 1: 39-45
39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43 And why has this happened to me that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44 For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
Mary went to visit Elizabeth. As soon as Mary greeted her, Elizabeth’s child leapt in her womb. She was filled with the Holy Spirit and recognized Mary as “…the mother of my Lord”.
Relating the Gospel to our lives today.
A few verses earlier in Luke’s Gospel we learn: “…24 After those days his wife Elizabeth conceived, and for five months she remained in seclusion…” Elizabeth had waited her whole life to conceive a child. For her it was a disgrace to remain barren – so why did she keep herself hidden for five months? Perhaps she was afraid or even ashamed? Perhaps she just didn’t know how to react to this amazing gift God had given her? Perhaps she felt alone – like she no longer fitted in with the women her age anymore? Whatever the reason, it disappeared the second she was greeted by Mary: “…the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.”
Isn’t this example of Mary and Elizabeth a perfect illustration of our New Evangelisation?! Elizabeth had been given a wonderful gift from God but for some reason was hiding it. But when she was visited by Mary – carrying Jesus inside of her – then Elizabeth became full of the Holy Spirit and hid her gift no longer. Notice Mary did nothing out of the ordinary – she was just there, with Jesus inside of her. But it was enough to spark Elizabeth’s faith into action. By her simple “Yes”, Mary was allowing God to use her life to fulfil His plan.
Through our Baptism and Confirmation, we have also become carriers of the Holy Spirit. And through reading the scriptures and especially by receiving the Eucharist, we too carry Jesus within us. This Christmas, ask Mary to help you say “Yes” to God so He may use your life to spark someone else’s faith into action. Hail Mary…
Thank you for your Mother Mary. Without her “Yes” you would never have been born. She trusted and allowed God to use her life completely. Help me have this simple faith and courage too, so that I may bring you to those around me. I love you Jesus, Amen. ps. Happy Birthday for Tuesday! xxx