Mary got up and hurried to a city in the Judean highlands. She entered Zechariah’s home and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. With a loud voice she blurted out, “God has blessed you above all women, and he has blessed the child you carry. Why do I have this honor, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? As soon as I heard your greeting, the baby in my womb jumped for joy. Happy is she who believed that the Lord would fulfill the promises he made to her.”
[picking up the phone] “Buddy the Elf, what’s your favorite color?”— Buddy
Judging by how often I use this movie quote in my own life, it’s one of my favorites of all time. The first time I heard it I did a belly-laugh. It was surprising, unexpected, and simply joyful. When I repeat it in my life, I’m not recreating that moment; I’m remembering how great it felt to hear it the first time.
Elizabeth’s cry in verse 42 is one of the most repeated quotes in the Bible. The words “blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb” are the central focus of the Ave Maria and the Angelus, prayers of devotion that Christians have recited for hundreds of years. We say them over and over to remember how surprising, unexpected, and simply joyful it was to discover God in our midst. May we never forget how great it felt to first hear the news of God present in Jesus Christ.
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
we recognize your presence in the young girl, Mary.
Blessed is she among women,
and blessed is the fruit of her womb, Jesus.
As you were with her in her journey of motherhood,
be with us all in our journey of faith,
now and all the days of our lives. Amen.