|Mosaic at the Church of the Visitation, Ein Karem, Israel|
Mary's response to her call to be the Mother of God was to go on a three to four day journey to the hill country of Judea, outside Jerusalem to a place which tradition now calls Ein Karem to visit her older kinswoman Elizabeth who was six months pregnant with the herald of the Lord, John the Baptist. Even in the womb, John fulfilled his role as prophet and herald for he "lept for joy when [he] heard Mary's greeting.
This Advent, what is your response to the call of the Lord to be made "incarnate" in your life?
|Mary greets Elizabeth - sculpture in the courtyard|
of the Church of the Visitation, Ein Karem.