Friday, 18 December 2009

Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb (Lk 1:42)

There is a big Christmas Retreat on this weekend in Newbridge College (see video below of last year). Newbridge is one of our Dominican priories, and some of the student brother, including myself, will go down shortly to be there for the weekend. As such, I have to ask my apologies for not being able to prepare a proper reflection.

However, during the week the following struck me which I will just give as a thought. The Gospel is taken from Luke Chapter 1:39-45. It is the story of Mary going into the hill country to visiting Elizabeth her cousin who is six months pregnant. Mary greets Elizabeth  and "when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit" (Luk 1:41 RSV).


That line particular struck me. Mary is carrying Jesus in her womb when she greets Elisabeth, and by her greeting she brings God to Elizabeth and to John the Baptist. Mary has an important role in this regard of bringing our Lord to us. However, I was also thinking of ourselves. We carry Jesus also with us in our lives, especially if we receive the Holy Eucharist. Then we, as did Mary, go and visit people, people we meet in our families, at work and on the street, and as such we can bring Christ to them.

Mary most likely didn't feel anything special, the fact that Jesus was with her was natural, not something that would have made her feel different particularly at that time. And so it is with us when we talk to people, or just even meet them briefly on our way. Mary was probably tired after the long journey, but that did not prevent Jesus to act through her.

So I think that this is an important lesson for myself. I might not notice anything, but once I am close to God this will have its effect on other people around me. God works through us, but most of the time in ways we do not know or understand...


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