In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
New Revised Standard Version, copyright 1989, by the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America. Used by permission. All rights reserved. USCCB approved. http://www.usccb.org/bible/approved-translation
This past summer a French friend posted a lovely picture of his family’s home in Corsica on Facebook. I wrote a three-word comment: “I hate you.” It was written in jest, but as I reflected on that comment later I realized that I often find myself jealous about other people’s good fortunes and too eager to share my good news as if I were in a competition.
Taking on Elizabeth’s attitude is the antidote to such feelings. Most of us could do with a dose of Elizabeth in our lives. We could stand to be keener in noticing God’s love at work in other people’s lives as much as in our own. In taking on the disposition of Elizabeth we discover deep within ourselves our call to bless those whom we encounter. It’s a call marked by the opposite of jealousy: expectant joy – like a child leaping within us.
—Fr. Martin Connell, S.J. is Professor of Education at John Carroll University, University Heights, OH, and Rector of the John Carroll University Jesuit community.
O Key of David,
opening the gates of God’s eternal Kingdom:
come and free the prisoners of darkness!