From today’s Gospel:
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,
“Most blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
For some reason, this feast touches my heart in some inexplicable way, as I’ve never been pregnant, and thus have never felt the stirring of a child in my womb.
On some level, though, I know what it is like to have a visceral reaction when I encounter someone I love deeply or when I recognize that another carries the same God-story in her being. It happened to me the first time I visited the motherhouse at Baden, when I had bargained with God to stop bothering me once I reluctantly visited Baden – the trouble was that I liked it – that wasn’t supposed to happen… And it happened as recently as a couple of weeks ago, as I was visiting a new friend whose story of God’s action in her life touched the same deep place in me where my God-story dwells.
It may not be a literal child that leaps within me at these moments, but most certainly it is a stirring of new life in my soul…
Happy Feast Day to all those for whom this feast has special significance!
N.B. Thanks to Fran for the image. I don’t know where it came from, so if anyone recognizes it, please let me know so that I can give the proper credit to the artist.