Year B - Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth or Elizabeth and Mary Meet
May 31, 2015
This Psalm was chosen to reflect John’s prenatal gymnastics and Elizabeth’s status of mother. There are also echoes of Miriam and Hannah and premonitions of Mary here with matters of class justice.
Of interest today is practice in identifying possibilities of praise while they are so far off that we are either blind to them or fearful we have judgment, not praise, looming on the horizon.
If we can talk about premeditation of mercy, can we do the same with praise. We need to practice so we are always ready to be merciful. We need to practice so we are always ready to praise G*D and Neighb*r and everything not so far included.
A readiness to mercy or praise is never easy to achieve. We need to put down so much of our own privilege to do either, that it seems we are always living in a world mercy deprived and praise insufficiency. If we want to have deep conversations we need to be preemptively merciful and generous with praise. These precursors to community are possible to practice and every attempt to do so makes the next try that much easier.
Do you need to get kicked in your womb or equivalent before you will be thankful? Well, maybe, at first. Then will come a time we become a reminder to others that thanks is basic community building and justice making.