Luke 1: 39-45
“39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
Elizabeth and Mary, two women of faith, two women chosen by God to fulfill His plan, two relatives glad to see each other at such a special time in their lives, two women rejoicing in each other’s company.
The yet unnamed babe, the baptist, the forerunner, the herald, the eater of locusts and honey, the voice in the wilderness crying repent, rejoiced at the sound of the virgin’s voice and leaped in his mother’s womb. Years from that day he would point out the Lamb to his followers as he walked by.
Two relatives touched by God. Two special children in two wombs to be born.
And the world would never be the same.
May the love of Christ be with you,
Rev. Eric Lanier (Retired)