Leap for Joy
Luke 1:39-45Mary Visits Elizabeth
39In those days Mary set out and went with haste to a Judean town in the hill country, 40where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 41When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit 42and exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. 43And why has this happened to me, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? 44For as soon as I heard the sound of your greeting, the child in my womb leaped for joy. 45And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what was spoken to her by the Lord.”
The magnification of God’s love has the ability to turn the world around, which is why we have been singing the words of Mary’s Magnificat during communion. God’s love that comes to us in Jesus, turns us around and causes the world to turn. For the power of God to lift up the lowly comes to bear through us, the filling of the hungry with good things – happens through us, mercy is shown in this world, through us, God’s promise of love and protection sworn to our ancestors, comes to bear through us. For we are blessed like Mary, to be Theotokus, God-bear-ers of this incredible gift of love.
And those that God picks to be these “Godbearing” people are not people in the halls of power, or prestige, but ordinary people like you and me, equipped by God’s love to do extraordinary things. And perhaps this gift of God, catches you as unsuspecting as it did Elizabeth and Mary, but the gift of God’s love that comes to bear in your life for others, is perhaps the greatest of Christmas gifts for the world. It will astonish you how wide your heart will open in welcome for the joy that finds you so ready and still so unprepared to be a blessing to others. But this is how God magnifies love in our world, through Mary, through Elizabeth, through you and through me – may we all jump for joy at the news of God has asked us to be part of the unfolding story of Christmas.