Mary is the reward for God’s patience. In her, God finds not only a body in which to dwell, but before that, a heart that is perfectly supple and receptive to God’s plan for her life. In the scene before us, the visit of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, we see the effects of this decision on Mary’s part. It’s called joy.
The Visitation is all animation: Mary rushing to see Elizabeth; the child in Elizabeth’s womb leaping for joy; Elizabeth loudly proclaiming the blessedness of Mary’s response. All that movement is expressive of the joy of anticipation, made possible by Mary’s placing her life at the service of God’s plan. That’s the take-home. This is what Mary teaches us. Joy is not just serendipity. It is the fruit of a life given over to God’s service in that all its disparate parts are unified in the one great goal of glorifying God. How much we yearn for that unity in our own lives!
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