“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!”‘ Luke 1:41-42 (NIV)
Today’s symbol is of a mother and baby to celebrate the motherhood shared by Mary and her older cousin, Elizabeth. Mary traveled to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who had conceived a child in old age, through a miracle. Elizabeth’s child – John the Baptist – leaped for joy in his mothers womb on hearing Mary’s greeting. Here, mothers are meeting, but the account is portrayed as two children meeting. John’s reaction can be seen as anticipating the role he will have prior to, and at the beginning of, Jesus’ ministry.
Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, says to Mary “blessed are you among women …..” Elizabeth is very pleased, she, like her unborn child, is joyful. Mary responds with the joyful Mary’s song. It was a joy to share in events associated with Jesus, and it is a joy to share life with him now. As well as joy, this passage is also full of belief. Mary and Elizabeth’s responses to God were of trusting his word to be true and to live in light of that belief. To be blessed is to be happy because God has touched your life.
Today think about what brings you joy. What joy has God brought into your life? How has he blessed you? Do you trust his word and live in the light of that?
You can read the full story of Mary and Elizabeth’s meeting in Luke 1:39-56.
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