Reading: Luke 1: 39-56 (Click to read text)
Reflection: This is an alternative text for this Sunday. You probably have heard the song that Mary sings set to music. In fact, the hymn, "Canticle of the Turning" is based on this passage. Mary goes to Elizabeth and the baby in her womb leaps for joy because of Mary. And Mary responds with gratitude toward God.
This story also tells us that Mary spent a whole trimester with Elizabeth. In today's world, having a relative stay with you for three months sounds unusual. But I bet in those times, it was not unusual. And, I bet Elizabeth enjoyed having Mary with her for that time. Can you imagine two pregnant women, staying up late at night, sharing stories and getting ready for babies? Although I'm sure Elizabeth never made Mary paint the nursery.
For me, this story does paint a picture of what it is like to wait for Jesus. As we wait, show gratitude. Spent time with loved ones. Share stories of Christmases past. Be filled with the Holy Spirit. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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