The Joy of the Visitation

Today the Catholic Church celebrates the feast of the Visitation – the episode in Luke’s Gospel where Mary goes to visit her cousin Elizabeth, having been told by Gabriel both that Mary would bear the son of God and that Elizabeth was pregnant.

There are many images and poems that capture this episode.  Here is an image that I love because it captures the joy of the two women.

Doubtless the one was scared of the message that she had just been given by the angel, wondering what her parents or her betrothed would say about her giving birth.  And I suspect the other had a few concerns about giving birth at such an advanced age after believing herself barren.  Yet, they were women of faith, and they found joy in their relationship with each other, with the children they would bear, and with God.

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