We are not the first to be misled. The passage from Prophet Micah we heard described God’s power in God’s Anointed. God chose to act so people might identify the messiah and join with him. Yet to many Jesus did not seem to fulfill the prophecy: he was gentle not firm, as the word caused some to think. He was not strong as people expected or measured strength. Nor did divine majesty blindingly radiate from him; and as far as greatness, Jesus’ origins were obscure—even scandalous.
Elizabeth praised Mary because Mary believed. Note what Mary did: she hastened to Elizabeth. Mary put her belief into action; she modeled for us that living our faith means putting belief into action. Mary aligned herself with God’s desire; then she let it shape her actions. Mary did not allow belief to be ideas: she exercised it. Belief was and is a way of living.
- Surrender to the Trinity’s love for you.
- Ask Mary to present you to her son.
- Converse with Jesus: express to him your awe that in him God shared our human nature.
- Ask Jesus to free you more to welcome his divinity both hidden in our humanity and at work through you to make his desires come alive today.
- Close saying slowly the prayer Jesus taught us. To pray, thy kingdom come, means to pave the way for it in ways gentle, strong, focused, prophetic and to grow more aware we are blessed even in ways we cannot see.
- See St. Ambrose, Commentary of St. Luke, Book 2.