St. Luke 1: 39-45

Dec. 22, 2021

39And Mary arose in those days, and went into the hill country with haste, into a city of Juda;

40And entered into the house of Zacharias, and saluted Elisabeth.

41And it came to pass, that, when Elisabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elisabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:

42And she spake out with a loud voice, and said, Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.

43And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?

44For, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy.

45And blessed is she that believed: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.

Imagine this meeting: Mary comes into Elizabeth’s house and says, “Hello! Anybody home?” Elizabeth goes to greet her at the door and she feels the child she’s carrying move for the first time; that’s pretty exciting for all moms-to-be; the first time they actually feel the life in their womb. But these two are heralded babies and two mothers blessed beyond measure.

We, all these centuries later, know what is to come for these two who are as yet to be born.

For right now, though – lets just concentrate on the one nonpareil birth that will change the history of the world.

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