39 In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, 40 and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41 And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42 and she exclaimed with a loud cry, "Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! 43 And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. 45 And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her from the Lord."
We are totally taken by the Joy and wonder the marvellous work of the Holy Spirit. It is God who has taken the centre place of this simple human encounter and transforms it into a divine encounter. God is visibly active and supervise every single movement of the events. All are totally involved. The Faith is in a parfait culmination. In Mary Elisabeth sees the Mother of God and in Elizabeth Mary sees the wonder work of the Lord. There is a beautiful celebration of faith and everyone is perfumed by the divine JOY. These people are simply believers. By their simple Faith, they have become extraordinary witness of Divine work. Shall we too make such simple visits which may be transformed by the Holy Spirit like an expression of extraordinary FAITH which will incite in everyone we meet, the Joy and PEACE that the Lord promises.
Daily Quote from the early church fathers:
John prophecies from the womb, by Maximus of Turin (died between 408-423 AD)
"Not yet born, already John prophesies and, while still in the enclosure of his mother's womb, confesses the coming of Christ with movements of joy - since he could not do so with his voice. As Elizabeth says to holy Mary, 'As soon as you greeted me, the child in my womb exulted for joy.' John exults, then, before he is born. Before his eyes can see what the world looks like, he can recognize the Lord of the world with his spirit. In this regard, I think that the prophetic phrase is appropriate: 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you came forth from the womb I sanctified you' (Jeremiah 1:5). Thus we ought not to marvel that after Herod put him in prison, he continued to announce Christ to his disciples from his confinement, when even confined in the womb he preached the same Lord by his movements." (excerpt from SERMON 5.4)