|The Expectant Virgin|
O EMMANUEL, our King and Lawgiver, the Expected of the nations and their Savior. Come and save us, O Lord our God.
Isaiah 7:14: "Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel".
|Expectant Virgin- German|
Today is also the 4th and last Sunday of Advent which gives us the wonderful Gospel of the Visitation, where Mary hastens to visit Elizabeth, having found that she too is with child.
Elizabeth experienced a jump in her womb and Luke ascribes it to John’s recognition of Jesus. It captures beautifully the emotion and feeling of that meeting between the two pregnant women.
|Jim Janknegt- USA|
"Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the Fruit of your womb." (Lk.1)
Mary and Elizabeth both saw themselves as willing instruments in the hands of God. They both knew that even though they didn't fully understand the "how" or the "what" of God's activities He was at work in their lives and that the FIAT from both was to have consequences to our day.
In these two women , God has again taken the obscure and unthinkable and put it at the beginning of His work. Again, His way, not ours.
The events of our redemption all really begin at the meeting of John and Jesus in the desert and so this early history is just setting us up for that event. Both women in the Gospel offered their bodies for God’s purpose.
Through the body of Christ we ourselves have been blessed, just as Mary has been blessed, and we too are able to carry the body of Christ within us. The Incarnation can take place within us each time we receive Him in the Eucharist.
|Dr. He Qi|
|Visitation- John Armstrong- England 1949|