Gospel: Lk 1:39-45
Mary then set out for a town in the hill country of Judah. She entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary‘s greeting, the baby leapt in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit, and, giving a loud cry, said, “You are most blessed among women; and blessed is the fruit of your womb! How is it, that the mother of my Lord comes to me? The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby within me suddenly leapt for joy. Blessed are you, who believed that the Lord‘s word would come true!“
Mary visited her cousin Elizabeth. But in reality, it was also the visit of Jesus, who was still in the womb of his mother, to Elizabeth and his cousin John, who like him was still in the womb of Elizabeth. Mary was used as instrument for Jesus to visit them.
According to St. Augustine, the mystery of incarnation is God‘s visitation to his people. But God‘s visitation to his people did not end in Jesus‘ ascension to the Father.
God continues to visit this people through us whenever we bring God‘s presence to others.