Living Eucharist

VisitationaOn the 4th Sunday of Advent we hear a section of Luke’s narrative of the visit of Mary, mother of Jesus, to Elizabeth, mother of John the Baptist.

The mothers greet one another, and in Elizabeth’s womb, the as yet unborn John greets and honours the recently conceived Jesus.

Elizabeth is graced by an outpouring of the Holy Spirit, and herself ‘knows’ the wondrous fruit of Mary’s womb.

Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth.

Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.

She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother…

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