The Visitation-Mary visits St. Elizabeth to tell her the good news.
During the Angel Gabriel’s appearance to Mary, he also tells her that her cousin Elizabeth is expecting a baby.
Elizabeth is much older than Mary and it was thought she could have no children because of her age and because she had no children previously.
Gabriel reveals this to Mary to show that “no word shall be impossible with God” -Luke 1:36.
After the Angel leaves, Mary goes to visit her Cousin Elizabeth.
Imagine that you see Mary enter into the house of Elizabeth and her husband Zachary.
When Elizabeth hears Mary’s greeting she feels her child leap within her.
Elizabeth proclaims to Mary…
“Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb.” -Luke 1:42
This phrase again is used in the Catholic Rosary Prayers, the Hail Mary Prayer. Elizabeth continues…
“And whence is this to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.” -Luke 1:43-44
Leapt for joy…notice here that St. John the Baptist, Elizabeth’s child, is the first to experience the joys of Mary and Jesus. How special he is.
Mary then stays with Elizabeth for three months. Surely she helps her cousin who was late in pregnancy.
Elizabeth has a son and names him John.
The Bible says that he is the prophet of the highest and that he prepares His way.
John went before Jesus to “enlighten them that sit in darkness, and in the shadow of death: to direct our feet into the way of peace.” -Luke 1:79
Meditating upon the mysteries of the Rosary and especially the Visitation, will direct you into the way of peace.