Taste and See: Communion

12th C stone carving, Musée d’Aquitaine, Bordeaux. (c) 2018, Allen Morris

Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth.

Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’

Gospel for the 4th Sunday of Advent 
Luke 1:39-44

In this Pantomime season the phrase is ‘He’s behind you’ comes once more to the fore!

In the Mystery of the Visitation we are reminded that the greater truth is that He is within you.

Jesus is within Mary, the child in her womb.

Jesus is also within us, gifted by Baptism, and longing to fully live in our hearts and in our lives.

In a sense he is behind us, our support, our encouragement. And also before us inviting us on, leading on the way.

But most of all he is within us: God with us, love.


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