The Gospel brings us to the meeting of the freshly conceived Mary with Elizabeth who was in her sixth month. Their meeting gives us the opportunity to look anew at God’s wonderful provision for bringing babies into the world.
Sixty years ago I was vacationing with a couple who had two young daughters. The mother, Jane, was laughing over a mother-daughter chat she had with her seven-year-old. Pattie wanted to know where babies came from, but when Jane gave her a description of the process, Pattie got angry with her, saying. “Nobody could believe that!” I am with Pattie on that. It is unbelievable.
Louise Fields, was in the delivery room at St. Vincent’s for forty years. After that I asked her if when she watched the first child come into the world, she thought it was an unbelievable miracle. “Yes, Father. I thought the first child was a miracle from God. And on my last day when I watched the last of a very long line of them I saw it as the same wonderful miracle.
The Bible says, “You knit me in the womb” and it says, “I am wonderfully made.” These are grand things to think about. They make God so real for us.
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