In today’s reading from Luke’ Infancy Narrative, Mary goes “in haste” to visit her cousin Elizabeth. She’s just received the angel’s message inviting her to be the mother of God’s Son and the angel tells her that her cousin Elizabeth, though past child-bearing age, has also conceived a son, for “nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1,39-45)
Mary, then, goes “in haste” to see the sign the angel promises. There, she hears God’s message, now not from an angel, but from her cousin Elizabeth as she enters her house: n
“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.”
In human words and an infant in the womb leaping for joy. Is that where we too should look to hear God’s promise verified–in human words, in the words and faithful lives of those around us. God’s promise is also verified in the small signs of bread and wine.
Lord, give us your grace to see and hear your Word in those around us,
and your grace to bring your Word to others in our words and lives.