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-translations
In today’s Gospel reading, Mary gets up “in haste” to visit her relative Elisabeth. This is the model of perfect Christian charity, a spontaneous outpouring of active love that does not wait in order to put itself into action. Mother Teresa said that this image of charity animated the apostolic work of her order. Charity could not wait, could not hold back, in the face of true need.
With Christmas fast approaching, let us reflect upon our call to show our love in practical deeds. Let us reflect upon the fact that in acting lovingly toward those we encounter in our families—whether they be easy to interact with or not—we imitate the example of Mary who is our model of the perfect Christian.
—Fr. Kevin Dyer, S.J.
Lord, as we move through this Christmas season, let our love mirror the proactive sacrifice of Mary for Elizabeth. Knowing that Elizabeth had conceived in her old age, Mary realizes that her cousin could use her help. With joy and enthusiasm Mary hurries to Elizabeth, ready to celebrate her remarkable news and to do whatever would benefit her cousin. Such generosity by the Mother of God! As we move through our day, let our love show itself in action, and may we celebrate the accomplishments and joys of our family and friends.
—The Jesuit Prayer Team