Mary excitedly tells Elizabeth, “My soul glorifies the Lord.” (Luke 1:46, NIV) She declares, “From now on all generations will call me blessed, for the Mighty One has done great things for me — holy is His Name.” (Luke 1:47-49)
Mary glorifies God, not herself even after Elizabeth says, “Blessed is she who has believed what the Lord has said to her will be accomplished.” (Luke 1:45) And even after Elizabeth says to Mary, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear!” and asks why she is so favored “that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:42-43)
Mary redirects Elizabeth to recognize God’s handiwork. After all, God has been mindful of Mary’s humble state, and has done great things for her. He has extended His mercy; He’s performed mighty deeds; filled the hungry with good things and remembered to be merciful forever. (Luke 1:48,49,50,51,53,54)
Elizabeth’s unborn child who will grow up to become John the Baptist leaps in her womb when he hears Mary’s greeting. At the same moment, his mother Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit. And all this long before the day of Pentecost.
Thank You Heavenly Father for choosing these two women to bless beyond imagining — one to bear the Baptist who will prepare the way and the other to bear the Son of God, who is the Way. In Jesus’ Name, amen.