43 And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord
comes to me?
God’s intervention in human life is a great reality.
People cannot understand or comprehend by themselves. He has a definite
plan and purpose. Divine plan is always executed through human
participation and cooperation. God chooses people to implement His plan.
God selected Mary, a teenage girl for His divine plan. Mary had been
chosen, favored by God. This is a strange blessing and yet the same
thing also happened in Elizabeth’s life. Here in this passage, Mary made
her journey to visit Elizabeth who is also expecting a baby. This is an
awesome occasion to meet the two women who will give birth to two special
children, John the Baptist and Jesus. God chose them to bring two men who
challenged and changed the millions.
There are two signs seen during the encounter between Mary and
Elizabeth; the child leapt and Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit and
prophesies what is to come in Mary’s life. The joy of Mary and Elizabeth
shows us the ways of God’s gracious work in human experiences. The fact
that these two were expecting was completely unexpected. This blessed
visitation leads the first meeting of the two babies who changed the world.
V. 43 reminds us that Elizabeth is very humble, and she came to
know that she is not worthy of a great visitation in her life and also
understood that it is a great blessing. Elizabeth recognizes the young Mary
and received her with a humble heart into her house. Mary sacrifices her
comfort and security and submits herself unconditionally. Also, she is
willing to obey God. God always uses people who desire to do His will. Mary
faced physical danger, abandonment, rejection and a confused heart. But the
meeting gave her courage, comfort, and confidence. Her stay with Elizabeth
for three months molded the young Mary into the mother of our Lord. The
positive energy and the strength she received from this priestly family
changed her whole life. Here Elizabeth became a great counselor and mentor,
and Mary needed someone she could trust and help her face God’s challenge
in her life. She found the perfect person in Elizabeth; she was so kind,
older, and willing to hear someone’s problems. With the support and
encouragement she received from Elizabeth, Mary prepared her total trust in
We are expecting blessings from God for our physical needs and
pleasures. If anything unexpected happens in our lives, we become desperate
and reject everything. There are lot of challenges and questions in front
of us. We should think that our presence, interaction, words,
inclusiveness, and openness will change those who have abounded us. How can
we change our life to be a blessing to others? Our attitudes should
change and our faith in God which is revealed through our actions. So our
faith is our response to God’s grace. Our personal experience with God
should be a blessing to others. Mary remained blessed among women.
Dear Lord fill
us with Your spirit and increase our faith to face our problems and
difficulties in our life, and help us to be a blessing to others.
FOR THE DAY: Blessedness comes through humility.
Community Formation Around Resurrection Experience Acts 23:1-10 Vinod Johnson Carmel MTC, Boston, MA 6 When Paul noticed that some were Sadducees and others were Pharisees, he called out in the council, “Brothers, I am a Pharisee, a son of Pharisees. I am on trial concerning the hope of the resurrection of the dead.” Sometimes, the only thing that keeps you going through a brutal winter is the hope for the spring. It may have been a hard hope to hold on to this particular year in New England - a year in which Boston considered dumping not tea, but the ever growing mounds of snow into its harbor. And yet, the waist deep snow has dissolved away. White desolation has given way to increasingly visible green shoots of spring. A resurrection is at hand! In this passage, Paul tries to defend himself before the Sanhedrin Council. He seeks to drive a wedge between the Pharisees who believed in resurrection and the Sadducees who did not; even though neither believed in the resur
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PRIESTHOOD: THE ANOINTED MINISTRY Exodus 40:12-16 Bring Aaron and his sons to the entrance to the Tent of Meeting... wash them with water. Then dress Aaron in the sacred garments, anoint him and consecrate him so he may serve me as priest (Exodus 40: 12-13). Priesthood among the people of God was a divine command and initiation. God wanted some people to be separated for the special ministry among his people. God appointed Aaron and his descendants to take up this kind of ministry among the people of God. Priests are always separated and appointed as channels that connect God with his people. All throughout the history of Israel, priests played an important role in connecting people with God and to lead and guide them in the statutes of God. But there are incidents in the Bible where the priests failed in their duties and that led the people to go away from God. So the priests have a special and significant ministry to perform in this world among his people. Two important things