When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb,
and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said,
“Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?
For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my
womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” (Luke 1)
In the scripture passage of today we can see Elizabeth’s joy when Mary visits her. Elizabeth rejoices in the visit of Mary and asks her “why the mother of her Lord is visiting her’. It is the Spirit of God that makes her so joyful. God is at work even in troubled times, that is the message. That’s why Elizabeth is so joyful. We must pick up that same happiness when God is showing up in our lives.
Children love to do things together. It makes them happy and joyful. So Pick up the children, love them and do joyful things with them. Children are the hope for our future. Teach them about a loving God that gives himself for us. Show them the importance of self-giving love just like the two women in the Gospel. The Gospel shows us the unseen gift in Elizabeth’s womb. Not only the women are joyful but also the baby in Elizabeth’s womb responds joyful. The baby in her womb leaps for joy when Mary arrives. Elizabeth recognized that Mary was bearing the Messiah. In this story we witness how the power of the Holy Spirit works among God’s people.
As workers in God’s vineyard, we need to be like Elizabeth. We too should be joyful through the grace of the Holy Spirit. Our hearts can also leap with joy when the Spirit draws us to the things that are divine. With the coming celebration of Christmas we have reason to rejoice. Advent is an anticipating waiting for God coming into the world. The Christ is about to dawn on the horizon at the Feast of the Nativity. What a wonderful gift, which gives us all the reason to rejoice. Amen