“I have to share this with you!” That’s how I felt when I watched the video. Sharing videos and photos is second nature to us today. We are able to “connect” with those we know and love in an instant. Technology allows us to share with potential multitudes of people we don’t even know! Of course that hasn’t always been the case. Can you even imagine what it must have been like for Mary and Elizabeth? In this week’s Gospel we are reminded of the old fashioned way of connecting:
Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.” Luke 1:39-45
Mary immediately travels to Elizabeth's home in response to the angel Gabriel’s good news. Surely Mary wondered about these miracles as she journeyed. But Mary has to wait to confirm Gabriel’s message. Imagine the moment! Notice how Luke explains the encounter. At six months Elizabeth's pregnancy is visible. And yet Luke shifts the attention from Elizabeth’s good news to Mary’s Good News!!!
In an ancient way we hear of people connecting about their good news. Mary and Elizabeth’s connection occurs on a much deeper level. So much so that even Elizabeth’s unborn son responds to the Good News of his cousin’s arrival. This Good News changes the world, today just as it did 2000 years ago.
In the spirit of my message this week I do have a video I'd like to share with you. I am a big fan of Jeff Cavins. I have been receiving his Advent videos for the last couple of weeks. When I watched this week's video I thought, "I have to share this with you!" Jeff provides a wonderful explanation of just how profound the encounter between Mary and Elizabeth really was. Please take the time to listen to Jeff as he connects old and new in an enlightening way.