Prayer: Speak to me, O God, through your Word, in Christ. Amen.
Visit of Mary to Elizabeth
41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb.
When we want to memorialize something, we build a statue or a monument. So they also did in ancient times. The Greeks were prolific with statues of their gods and famous leaders. Today we “idolize” the rich and famous, even the riches and the power. As our devotion writer puts it, we are ultimately disappointed in one way or another. We imagine superheroes and want them to be real, but alas, they are myths.
Our devotion writer points to a real superhero; “Mary personifies the only real superhero for this or any other age. Her strength is her humility and gentleness; her powers are demonstrated in self-sacrifice and faithfulness. She reminds us that the Christian faith honors what the world often considers weakness.” Mary is someone we might want to aspire to. Her love and obedience, her joy and excitement for the Lord and Jesus. In the words of our devotion writer; “Jesus is able to quicken our spirits, too, and invites us into lives of humble service, true strength, and amazing powers.”
Prayer: “Help me, O God, to reflect your love and life in my joy and service. In Jesus’ name. Amen.”
New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)
Mary Visits Elizabeth
39 In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40 where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43 And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44 For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
Mary’s Song of Praise
46 And Mary said,
“My soul magnifies the Lord, 47 and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has looked with favor on the lowliness of his servant. Surely, from now on all generations will call me blessed; 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. 50 His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation. 51 He has shown strength with his arm; he has scattered the proud in the thoughts of their hearts. 52 He has brought down the powerful from their thrones, and lifted up the lowly; 53 he has filled the hungry with good things, and sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, 55 according to the promise he made to our ancestors, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”
56 And Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
The Birth of John the Baptist
57 Now the time came for Elizabeth to give birth, and she bore a son.