Luke 1: 39-45
In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a
city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.
In Luke’s telling, the first thing Mary does after Gabriel’s stunning announcement, is to pack a bag and head for her older cousin’s home. Elizabeth has suffered lifelong infertility, but in another miracle conception, she is now six months along with the child who will be John the Baptist. These two women have a lot to talk about, and not just anybody would understand what happens after you get a “miracle.” Often, that’s when the trouble starts!
Mary has no idea what she has said yes to, what will become of her and her child when word gets out about the father. Joseph is confused, weighing his divorce options. She can’t talk to him. And Elizabeth has no one to talk to, either. Because he did not believe the angel’s promise of his son’s birth, her husband Zechariah was struck mute by the angel. She can’t have much of a conversation with him.
The Visitation, a powerful scene painted by countless artists, is a meeting of two miracle survivors. Almost always, when God comes to us and our lives twist—sometimes wildly—in a new direction, things get worse before they get better. We’re not sure what this God-invasion means and if we can trust it. Who can we talk to? Mary shows us how to find a “spiritual friend,” someone who understands, listens, assures us we haven’t gone loco. Because in the end, walking the path of God’s direction means trusting when trusting seems foolish. And for that we need a soul friend.
Prayer: After you have surprised us with the miracle of your presence and the power of your invitation, Lord, lead us, please, to some Mary, some Elizabeth who can help us to keep saying yes. Amen.
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