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Mary visits Elizabeth

Posté par diaconos le 1 juin 2019

Mary Visits Elizabeth

39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”

Mary quickly set off for a town in the Judean mountains (Ain Karem) where her cousin Elizabeth, who was about to give birth, lived. To prepare for Christmas, let’s walk with her on this road. Let’s go with her on her visit. (Lk 1, 39-45)

In those days, Mary, who had been pregnant for six months, quickly set off for a town in the Judean mountains to visit her cousin Elizabeth.

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Mary’s greeting to her cousin was: « Shalom!  » (Hebrew word used to say hello) In this story there is the extraordinary gratitude of the two children still in their mother’s womb. These two women are so present to each other that what they carry participates in the meeting (Lk 1:41-42).

The evangelist Luke tells us that this depth of reciprocal welcome is a gift of the Holy Spirit (Lk 1:41b). Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, perceives the whole mystery that dwells in Mary: the presence of the Messiah and the faith of Mary (Lk 1:45).

Mary is declared happy because she had faith. She believed.  Later, when Jesus was told about his mother, he would say: « Blessed are those who listen to the word of God and put it into practice.  » (Lk 11:28)

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Mary entered the house of Zacharias and greeted Elizabeth, and when Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, her child moved in her womb.

Then Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out with a loud voice: « Mary, you are blessed among all women, and the fruit of your womb is blessed. »

 Let us listen and receive this visit for ourselves. These two women teach us that our openness to others comes from within. Just because we meet many people doesn’t mean we are open to others.

The episode of the Visitation is a typical example of this mystery of communion in which God comes to transfigure all our human relationships : Mary is first of all « the Filled with Grace » (Lk 1,28), the one whom God, in His Mercy, has totally « filled » with His grace from the very first moments of His Conception. She is thus the « Immaculate Conception ». In her, there is no trace of sin or darkness: she is perfectly in the image and likeness of this God who is only Light (1 Jn 1,5) ; she is fully united to Him in the communion of the Holy Spirit.

Moreover, it carries within it Jesus, the Only and Eternal Son of God, the One who « in whom dwells bodily the fullness of the Divinity » (Co 2,9), the One who is of divine condition (Ph 2,6), true man but also true God (Jn 1, 1; 20-28). He and the Father, face to face in Love, are ONE in the communion of this Love (Jn 10,30), for both fully possess the unfathomable richness of this one Spirit who is Love (Ep 3,8 ; 4,4; Jon 16,15 ; Rm 5, 5).

The Son is thus fully united to his Father in the communion of the Holy Spirit. For her part, Elizabeth carries John the Baptist within her. Now, the Angel Gabriel had declared about him : « He will be filled with the Holy Spirit from the womb of his mother » (Lk 1,15). God has therefore already given this child to be particularly united to him in the communion of the same Spirit.

 Finally, as Mary entered and greeted her, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit (Lk 1,41). For free, out of love, God has also filled her with all the riches of his Spirit. At this moment, Elizabeth is participating in the Being of the One who is called « I Am » (Ex 3,14). Now God is at the same time Spirit (Jn 4, 24), Light (1Jn 1, 5), Love (1 Jn 4, 8.16) and Peace (2Th 3, 16).

United with God in the Love and communion of the Holy Spirit (2Co 13,13), Elizabeth becomes capable, in the Light of this Spirit, of recognizing the presence of this same Spirit in those around her. « By your light, we see the Light, » said the Psalmist (Psalm 36:10). We need the inner Light of God’s Spirit to know God (Ep 1,17-19 ; 1Co 2,10-11) and to recognize His Presence and action in our hearts, in our lives (1Co 2,12) and in the lives of those around us… This is what Elizabeth discovers here, amazed.

Then, through the Spirit of Truth, Elizabeth is introduced into the whole Truth (John 16:13); in the light of the Spirit, God’s Presence is offered in the light of his faith. She understands that : Mary is truly « the Filled with Grace », the one who is « blessed, among all women », the one in whom God is already « everything » by his Spirit (1Co 15, 28).

Jesus has just been conceived in Mary by the action of the Holy Spirit. Nothing is yet visible to the naked eye, and yet Elizabeth understands that « the fruit of her womb is blessed ». Mary carries in her the One who is the Plenitude of Blessing, the Source of all blessings: Jesus, the Only Son, in whom God the Father has placed all the blessings he has destined for us (Ga 3,13-14) the grace and truth » with which Jesus is filled are also for us.

External links

◊ Jesus Walk : Luke’s Gospel →  Mary Visits Elizabeth (Luke 1, 39-56)

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