How did Elizabeth know?

Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Advent by FAN Board Member, Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF

This reflection was originally posted in our December 17th newsletter

contemplationHow does this happen to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? (Luke 1:43)

How did Elizabeth recognize her Lord, as Mary, wearied from her travels, approached her? What are the implications of Elizabeth’s greeting for us, as we see images of children and pregnant women, boys and men who have traveled miles to flee violence in their nation of birth, now in camps within miles from our southern border?

Was it because Elizabeth was contemplating the presence and action of God in her own life that she could be open, to recognize and acknowledge God in another? Is this what our baptismal mandate calls us to; to see the hidden presence of God in all with whom we come in contact? Doesn’t our baptism also empower us to be bearers of “he who shall be peace” (MI 5:4) with our every action, conversation, greeting?

If we honestly reflect on when we are most at peace, is it when we are open to others, open to recognize the basic humanness of others, open to recognize “he who shall be peace?” Are we ever at peace with ourselves when we close ourselves off from another human being? When we put a border between ourselves and another, are we not putting a border between ourselves and God?

If we believe that all human beings are made in the image and likeness of God then what are we saying to God when we are complacent, “lukewarm” and take no action when we meet our brothers and sisters, our “holy families,” weary from their journey, as they approach us?

Sr. Maryann Mueller, CSSF
FAN Board Member

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