Year A - Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth or Elizabeth and Mary meet
May 31, 2014
It is one things to look far down as G*D of all G*D’s observes from afar a faint image. [Verses 5-6]
It is quite another to move beyond observation to engagement. [Verses 7-8]
Mary could have quite easily turned her experience with Gabriel into an observation game. Hmm, how interesting, I’ll just let this be and see what happens.
Instead Mary takes an intentional trip to see another who had a similar experience, though from a desire for a child rather than just having one awkwardly show up. This trip shifts Mary from passive recipient to active participant. An affirmation by another does wonders to set us on the path of our gift, asked for or not and whether or not the general populace would agree. An affirmation can lead to a magnificent job description and the The Magnificat is a magnificent job description for being able to move on from an accepted order of indispensable top dog to disposable mangy cur.
In light of intentional and un-intentional infertility, you might want to either drop verse 9 or modify it outside a cultural expectation of reproduction for reproduction’s sake.