‘Visitation’ from Altarpiece of the Virgin (St Vaast Altarpiece) by Jacques Daret, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

‘Visitation’ from Altarpiece of the Virgin (St Vaast Altarpiece) by Jacques Daret, Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons

Today is the feast of the Visitation. Mary is pregnant with Jesus. She hears that her relative Elizabeth, who everyone thought would never have children and was considered to be past childbearing age, was now pregnant as well!
Elizabeth became pregnant before Mary and was carrying John the Baptist.

Mary travels a long way to get to Elizabeth. No easy thing to do for a pregnant woman.

When Mary enters Elizabeth and Zachariah’s house the child John jumps in Elizabeth’s womb.
This is quite significant since later on John is the one who proclaims Jesus the Messiah. John had been a popular and prophetic man.
Despite that, he said ‘I must decrease and He must increase’.
He was Jesus’s herald.

After being greeted by Elizabeth Mary says the beautiful canticle known as The Magnificat, Luke1, verses 46-56.
God turns everything upside down so to speak!!!
God is not bound by worldly powers or superficial values!

Mary gives us a great example of altruism and selflessness. She puts herself out of her comfort zone to help another in need.

Elizabeth and her pregnancy remind us that nothing is impossible to God!


30th May 2021

 

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