December 22, 2012
4th Sunday of Advent - C
The Joy of One Visited by the Lord
Elizabeth and her son John are the first human beings who recognize the presence of the Lord. They are the first to receive the privilege of welcoming the long-awaited Messiah. Her “old age” (Luke 1:36) can probably be seen as a symbol for that longing.
Elizabeth was once known as “barren” (the words of the angel to Mary in Luke 1:36). The barren woman receives the gift of motherhood.
Humanity now knows the fulfillment of “what was spoken by the Lord.”
She represents the longing human race that is now visited by the Lord.
And she rejoices.