Reading: From the Gospel according to St. Luke 1:39-56
Dear and Respected Brethren,
The Holy Bible reading of today explains about the re-union of two saintly
ladies who were having certain similarities like staunch faith, obedience to
God�s commands and eagerness in observing the virtuous lives etc. They both
were so noble, simple and humble. Though there was a big difference in the
age of the two, they had conceived in an unusual and heavenly manner. When
Elizabeth heard the salutation of St. Mary, Elizabeth achieved the fullness
of the Holy Spirit. In Acts 6:3 we read of the seven Deacons who were filled
with the Holy Spirit. In Verse 42 we read that Elizabeth spoke in loud
voice. These were the revelations of the Holy Spirit, as she was filled with
the Holy Spirit. She shouted in loud voice �You are blessed among women and
the fruit of your womb is also blessed�. Elizabeth was instrumental to
address St. Mary as Mother of God for the first time in the history. We must
think how and why she was selected for this highest honor. When St. Mary
listened to the words of praise from Elizabeth, she said �my soul does
magnify the Lord, My spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior�. They could have
celebrated the occasion in different ways as we might do in our lives. But
they both were eager to add the due glory to God Almighty. That is the
greatest significance to this re-union of these two noble ladies.
We could find another woman in the Old Testament, precisely in 1 Samuel 2:1,
who was able to add glory to God and to rejoice, when she received a great
and important blessing from Lord God. There we read �And Hanna prayed and
said, my heart rejoices in the Lord, mine horn is exalted in the Lord, my
mouth is enlarged over my enemies, because I rejoice in my salvation.� The
Psalmist says that the voice of rejoice is in the tabernacle of righteous:
the right hand of the Lord does valiantly.� (Psalms 118:15) Unless and until
we are not righteous in our word, deed and thought, we cannot rejoice. St.
Mary and St. Elizabeth were just in front of the Lord and they were
blameless. While remembering and honoring these noble saints and others, our
intention must be to follow their life style. Unless and until we try to
follow the them, our efforts for the remembrance are invalid.
Prophet Jeremiah says �Thy word was the rejoice of my heart�. (Jeremiah
15:16) We all are passing through either or the other problems in our daily
lives. How many of us are depending the word of God for a relied. How many
of us could confess like the Prophet Jeremiah. Let us try to learn the word
of God, which would grant us peace and comfort in the moments of distress.
St. Paul exhorts us to rejoice in hope. (Romans 12:12) We all talk about
hope with long tongues. But whenever a fever comes we get totally exhausted
and disappointed. Why we lose our hope? In whom we were keeping hope till
then? The faithful who real hope is in Lord Jesus will not have to worry. In
our practical lives we forget what is meant by hope even. St. Paul explains
that hope is the certainty of the unseen things. The future as a whole is
the unseen events and deeds. We should not be pathetic or uncertain about
the net results of the future. If we have left them to God�s disposal, then
there is no question of doubt or worry.
In the 50th verse of today�s reading we read, �And His mercy is on them that
fear him generation to generation. This sentence is a part of the so called
�St. Mary�s song. St. Mary reminds us to have fear of the Lord. Due to many
reasons we all are losing the fear of God day by day, though we are sure
that where there is no fear, our own response to obedience will be very low.
Let us try to regain our fear of God in our words and deeds. So that our
spirituality will be more effective and meaningful.
May God bless us all.
Jose Kurian Puliyeril.