Word for the day by Christian Education Forum
Good works through generations
“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!” (41-42)
The word blessed literally means “happiness” or “joy”. Many times we find ourselves saying that we are "blessed to have a house, and blessed to have a family,” but our actions and attitudes do not reflect the joy we mention in passing. After Mary received the good news from the angel Gabriel, she traveled 80-100 miles to visit her relative, Elizabeth. Her trip to Judea was proof of her belief that the Lord would fulfill His promise and that she felt comfortable going to Elizabeth. If we put ourselves in Mary’s shoes, we can imagine the roller coaster of emotions she might have been experiencing, including feelings ranging from fear to happiness. Mary’s boldness illustrates her willingness to fully trust and obey God, even though society frowned upon the idea of pregnancy before marriage. Even through this difficult time, Mary found joy in serving the Lord and wanted to share the good news with others.
Despite their age difference, Elizabeth and Mary were able to share in a common aspect of human life--pregnancy. Finding delight in the routine things in our lives can help us discover God’s presence. Also it is important to note that Zachariah and Elizabeth represent the end of the Old Testament while Mary ushered in the New Testament, a new generation. When was the last time we enjoyed the company of someone from a different generation than ourselves? Do we share our concerns openly and listen carefully? Or do we dismiss them as not understanding? As seen through the examples of Mary and Elizabeth, sharing works through generations can strengthen connections and promote fellowship.
They were also able to appreciate each other on their blessings. They did not hide their joy in appreciating each other. Many a time we don’t appreciate each other and we are carried away by our own simple reasons and egos. As Mary and Elizabeth did to each other let us rejoice in each other’s blessings and appreciate each other and that strengthens our faith journey.
Prayer: Lord, help me to share in life’s simple joys with others and to be reminded of Your presence.
Jasmin Varghese, Epiphany MTC, NY