Posted by: livingscripture | May 31, 2013


From the Word of the Day

“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb.”

(Luke 1:41)


How should we live this Word?visitation

The encounter of these two women, of these two mothers, Mary and Elizabeth, is a scene of radiant light and joy.  One is the Mother of the promised Messiah. She had just received the announcement of the Angel Gabriel that her womb, inseminated by the Holy Spirit, is the ‘nest’ of love and of the body of the promised Messiah, Jesus the Savior.  Elizabeth also knew that she, the sterile one was not only gestating a child but the very one who would be the precursor of the Messiah.

Mary is a very young girl, maybe fifteen.  Elizabeth is much older than Mary.  In the culture of those times it would mean that Elizabeth had considerable superiority.  This would be the reason for a younger woman’s reverence toward her.

However in today’s Gospel passage, the usage is bypassed and cast aside.  The elderly Elizabeth, grasped by great exaltation, greets the Mother of God in her cousin.  The sign is simple and stupendous: the child in her womb leaps for joy as soon as Mary appears on the threshold of the home and tenderly greets her elderly cousin.

What beauty we see in Elizabeth’s humble question/exclamation.  “How does this happen to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me?”  These words resound in Mary’s heart as a confirmation that the Angel’s words were the holy truth of God.  Thus, Mary breaks out into the hymn of praise and gratitude to God with her Magnificat.

Today in my time of contemplation, I will sit quietly and picture this moving scene of two women who are totally dedicated to God and obedient to His will in all things, an obedience that makes the impossible possible.

Lord, grant that I may live in awe of the marvellous happenings of today’s feast  in all its simplicity and beauty! 

The Voice of Mario Canciani, Italian Biblist and Writer 

The visible fruit of a lively faith is joy.  Even humanly speaking, when there is the greatest love there is happiness and good humour.


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