God’s grace, like good news, is something that must be shared. God visits his people. Like one visiting his beloved, God call us for a response of song and joy. He stimulates growth, bloom and fruitfulness in us.
What the Old Testament readings hint at through poetic fancy, Mary demonstrates in practical action. The Lord has visited her. So now she brings the Lord to her cousin Elizabeth and the child John in her womb. God’s gifts are not for personal price and profit but for self-giving, sharing and service. Saying “Yes” to one grace opens the door to a whole storehouse of graced responses, first the elderly mother’s blessing and then the unborn child’s dance for joy. God’s visit is acknowledged and then celebrated. The God who has visited his people in times past continues to come into our lives. Let us bring him to those who need his blessing.