Luke 1: 39-45

Mary didn’t waste a minute. She got up and travelled to a town in Judah in the hill country, straight to Zachariah’s house, and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby in her womb leaped. She was filled with the Holy Spirit, and sang out exuberantly,

You’re so blessed among women, and the babe in your womb, also blessed!
And why am I so blessed that the mother of my Lord visits me?
The moment the sound of your greeting entered my ears,
The babe in my womb skipped like a lamb for sheer joy.
Blessed woman, who believed what God said, believed every word would come true!

Gospel Reflection

Elizabeth said to Mary: “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb. How is it that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Was Elizabeth astonished at the words that she uttered? Where did these words come from? Clearly, Elizabeth had received this revelation from God. She knew that the child that Mary was carrying was a very special child. She realised that this child would be her Lord.

Do we take Jesus’ coming into the world for granted? Or are we amazed, astounded, and filled with joy that our Lord Jesus came to earth as a small, fragile, baby boy? He was born to peasants, not royalty. He wanted to become “one of us.” He wanted to walk among us.

Today Jesus will come to us. Most likely, he will come to us when we least expect him. He may come disguised as a friend or he may come to us in the helping hand of a stranger. Perhaps Jesus simply will come in quiet and peace.

Be awake throughout this day. You may encounter Jesus several times and others may meet Jesus through you.