THE SACRED ENCOUNTER
The “Visitation” was a mysterious meeting. It was simple but moving. Two women meet and talk about what has happened to them. Humanly impossible. Through these two, God was going to change history.
For three months Mary and Elizabeth life together and support and offer encouragement to each other. Who could understand this? They were both going to become Mother’s. They were accepting. Elizabeth realizes that Mary is soon to become the Mother of the “prophet of the Most High” (Luke 1:76), and Elizabeth presence together with Mary allows Mary to grow in understanding of becoming the Mother of the “Son of the Most High.” (Luke 1:32).
The Visitation teaches me the meaning if true friendship and community. It affirms for me, how can I ever let God’s grace fully work in my life unless I live in a community of people who can affirm it, deepen it and strengthen it.
Luke 1:39-41, 56
COMING TOGETHER IN GOD’S GRACE
In those days [after the Annunciation] Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zachariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child [John the Baptist] leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
…..And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
Dearest Lord, as I prepare for the birth of Mary’s Son, may I find my own “Elizabeth” to be my refuge of wisdom, comfort and joy. I know that I am never too old, and never too filled with the effects of my sin, and never too far away from you, to receive “you” and your Mother with warmth and comfort and trust.
A m e n
….. and I now light the “peace and hope” candles….