In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child 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 why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved.
Choices, choices! Our days are replete with choices! When Gabriel delivered the message to Mary that she would bear Jesus, Mary faced a choice: stay home and get ready for her own baby or go to her kinswoman Elizabeth and lend assistance in her time of need. Not only did Mary opt to help, but she also traveled in haste.
My favorite artistic depiction of this story is Br. Mickey McGrath’s colorful Windsock Visitation. Two women say “yes” in the face of the unbelievable and their children leap for joy. Think about that: the wonder of a moment of encounter so powerful that the unborn little ones leap for joy!
Today we might ask ourselves: when was the last time I felt such wondrous joy? How might I cultivate a joyful spirit?
Choose to live with a light heart today! Spread joy!
—Susan Kusz, SND is a Sister of Notre Dame serving as Associate Director of the Jesuit Retreat House on Lake Winnebago in Oshkosh, WI.
God, thank you for joy and delight, for wonders and awe, for moments of gladness and celebration. Grant me the ability to breathe gentleness into my hours and seasons so that I may live awake to beauty, to holiness, to the radiance that surrounds us. Grant me wisdom to arrive each day with passion and humor, with song and dance, with smiling eyes, in service to myself, in service to others, in service to Your holy name. Amen.
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