At this time of the year is when most people make time to visit those family members that we haven’t seen in a while. We make long trips, flying across the states, or driving hours for a a few days to visit with loved ones. It’s great to have the conveniences of today to travel so easily and quickly.
About 2000 years ago, Mary journeyed to see Elizabeth. A simple 90 mile, less than 2 hour trek in our day. However, this trip from Nazareth to the hill country of Judea could easily have taken 3 or more days, even in a hurry.
39 At that time Mary got ready and hurried to a town in the hill country of Judea, 40 where she entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. 41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. 42 In a loud voice she exclaimed: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! 43 But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? 44 As soon as the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby in my womb leaped for joy. 45 Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”
If Mary hadn’t believed yet (which I believe she did based on her obedience), she had to have been reassured by Elizabeth’s greeting!
This is the first inclination we receive that Mary not only believed, but now also praised God for His actions:
46 And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord 47and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, 48 for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant. From now on all generations will call me blessed, 49 for the Mighty One has done great things for me — holy is his name. 50 His mercy extends to those who fear him, from generation to generation. 51 He has performed mighty deeds with his arm; he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts. 52 He has brought down rulers from their thrones but has lifted up the humble. 53 He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. 54 He has helped his servant Israel, remembering to be merciful 55 to Abraham and his descendants forever, just as he promised our ancestors.”
Mary rejoiced that she would become the mother of our Savior and Lord!
What’s even better is that she remembered God’s promises: God has promised to be merciful to us, and has provided a way of ETERNAL Salvation to those who believe. I’m glad that even though I don’t remember all of my promises, that my Lord remembers His! Praise His Holy Name!
And Happy HOLYdays to anyone “politically correct” out there!