The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, 2nd Joy of Mary (Luke 1:39–45, 56):
Mary entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. The infant (John the Baptist) 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.
Elizabeth and her husband, Zechariah, knew something special was going to happen to them. They were ‘in their old age’ and told they were to have a special child to proclaim the Lords presence. When Zechariah doubted, and voiced that doubt, he was muted. In Elizabeth’s sixth month of pregnancy, Mary came to help her with the preparations and delivery. So, Mary was probably there when St. John was born.
This makes it interesting. Jesus was, in Mary’s womb, present when John the Baptist was born; and John the Baptist was present at the birth of Jesus’ public ministry at the Jordan River. Elizabeth and her unborn child, knew Mary and the unborn Jesus were destined for great deeds and history. Their love for Mary and the unborn Jesus should be a model of how we should approach our veneration of Mary, and adoration of the ‘God made Man’, Jesus.
Pax et Bonum,
Dan Halley, SFO
Secular Franciscan Order Rule #15:
Let them individually and collectively be in the forefront in promoting justice by the testimony of their human lives and their courageous initiatives. Especially in the field of public life, they should make definite choices in harmony with their faith.