Filled to Bless
Read: LUKE 1:39-45
There’s been six months of silence between Zechariah and Elizabeth. And then, out of the blue, Elizabeth’s cousin Mary comes for a visit. When I first read this story, I wondered how Elizabeth knew to call the baby growing in Mary “my Lord.” How did she feel when Mary greeted her and her own baby leaped in her womb? By now, Elizabeth’s bump was a visible reminder of God’s miracle growing. But how did she know who Mary’s baby would become?
As I look closer, I notice that Elizabeth is “filled with the Holy Spirit.” The Holy Spirit fills us with joy and wonder, helping us to recognize who is Lord. And it doesn’t stop with internal transformation; that Spirit-filled metamorphosis overflows, blessing those around us!
O Master, forgive us for not seeing you. Fill us anew with your Holy Spirit so we can recognize you and bless one another. AMEN.