Read Luke 1:39-45, 56 slowly.
While Elizabeth was probably about sixty years old, Mary would have been about fourteen. While Elizabeth was the wife of a priest and lived in the hill country of Judea, not far from Jerusalem—the Holy City, Mount Zion—Mary was a poor Galilean peasant who lived by those trade routes, tainted by associations with Gentiles.
Elizabeth was quick to believe the unbelievable news about Mary. Did Gabriel appear to her as well, or did she know Mary was “the mother of my Lord” because she was “filled with the Holy Spirit”?
—Jan Johnson, Taste and See: Experiencing the Stories of Advent and Christmas (Upper Room Books, 2014)
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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.
—Luke 1:39 (NRSV)
Prayer for the Week
Let us release the cares of our day,
and open our eyes to the wonder of God.
With an attitude of empathy to people of another time,
let us open our hearts and minds to God.
Let us prepare to experience God’s word to us
through the presence of the Holy Spirit.
Prayer by Jan Johnson
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