Sharing Our Anticipation with Others
Like praying the first joyful mystery, praying the second one, The Visitation, helps us to rejoice in the anticipation of Christmas. But praying the second joyful mystery accomplishes something else as well. It encourages us to share that joyful anticipation with our family, friends and neighbors. It also invites us to happily give of ourselves and share our gifts generously as we celebrate the seasons of miracles together.
As we pray the second joyful mystery and meditate on how Mary immediately began her journey to help her cousin, Elizabeth, prepare for the birth of John the Baptist, we can clearly see how selfless the mother of Jesus is. It’s a difficult journey, and she has so much to prepare for in her life, but she makes the journey and helps care for her much older cousin with love. And we can see how Mary, Elizabeth and John the Baptist are overwhelmed with jubilation.
In Luke 1:42, it is written that Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and cried out “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me, that the mother of my Lord would come to me? For behold, when the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the baby leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord.”