Jesse Tree Day 17: Now we start to get into the Christmas story that we all know. Mary is told that she is going to give birth to the Messiah, and then as proof, she is told that her cousin is pregnant. Mary rushes to her side to see and to help, and the baby in Elizabeth’s womb leaps for joy. This baby is John the Baptist, and with him, Elizabeth sees immediately that Mary is not just coming to visit, but bringing the Savior.
There are times when we can see clearly that Jesus is present in our lives, and times that the view is pretty hazy or even completely dark. How wonderful that we have been shown that He can be brought to us by someone else.
Catholics are sometimes given a hard time for “worshipping” Mary, but this passage shows the wonderful way that Mary is actually seen. She never comes for herself. She rushes to our side to help us, bringing the Savior close. When we experience her in that way, we can respond as Elizabeth did, “How does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43) It really is a humbling experience.