Posted by: Bro Jer | December 8, 2010

Catholic New Media Advent Calendar with Tammy Kasperki

Today we have two advent calendar treats for you.  Click here for a special Advent Calendar podcast with Daniel Smrokowski.
Tammy Kasperki is Canadian, a convert to Catholicism, a rosary maker, a blogger and jewelry maker. Today she brings a reflection on the mystery of the Visitation.

Two cousins pregnant and the blessed visit….

Today is the Immaculate Conception of Mary feast day and remembrance. I really would like to start with my favourite scriptural verses from Saint Luke 1:39-56 New American Bible

During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah,where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said,

“Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior. For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name. His mercy is from age to age to those who fear him. He has shown might with his arm, dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart. He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones but lifted up the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things; the rich he has sent away empty. He has helped Israel his servant, remembering his mercy, according to his promise to our fathers, to Abraham and to his descendants forever.”

Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.

Every time I pray the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, I come to the Visitation and I am overcome with joy because it talks about Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth. What is so amazing is that this is when Jesus and John the Baptist meet for the first time. I know you’re thinking, …”but aren’t they in the womb!” you are correct, they are. But Mary is carrying the Son of God and Elizabeth is carrying the Prophet of God. The mystery is, the babies recognize one another and John leaps for joy in his mother Elizabeth’s womb.

Both women have miraculous pregnancies. Elizabeth speaks the words that that affirm the miracle of Mary’s pregnancy and those words have been said by so many millions of people, millions of times , “Blessed is the fruit of your womb (Jesus).” How can I explain how Jesus and John know who they are even while they are in the womb? Jesus is God in the flesh. He can do anything, even as a baby, without sinning. How do I explain this to friends and family that don’t understand the mystery? Just think that Mary was a woman who was without original sin. No one else is or has been like her. To carry Jesus, God in the flesh, He couldn’t be born in a sinful woman, that would mean He would be stained with sin. It’s just that simple. Mary was to be a perfect vessel.God gave Mary the gift of Immaculate Conception, so that she may be a perfect vessel.”

Mary and Elizabeth are cousins, but are sisters too in the Faith. Both women realise how special each of their babies are going to be. Their lives are sealed in secret until the right time, that had to be part of God’s plan. This wasn’t a secret to cover tracks and lies, but it was kept secret for their protection from Herod who decreed to kill every male child under the age of 2. That’s why Mary and Joseph fled to Egypt, but that’s a story for another day.

I think about this visit between cousins, both with child, and how precious these mothers to be are. A Prophet will be born to Elizabeth and Zechariah and to Mary and Joseph the Son of God, thus fulfilling prophesy from the Old Testament.

These babies are miracles. Just imagine raising the Son of God and seeing the face of Jesus each day. They needed to be raised by strong, holy parents and God made that happen. I tend to ponder this a lot throughout the year and even more so at Christmas. Now that I’m a full Catholic, and reaching for the fullness of faith, I can truly understand that the mystery will be answered one day when we meet Jesus in Heaven. The humility, grace, brevity, kindness and total compliance on Mary and Elizabeth astounds me. These two were what I think I the feminist movement should strive for. Mary could have been stoned because she was pregnant before she was married. In fact this is happening to young women today in Iran. Elizabeth was too old, or so it was thought. Both women share a little grief and worry, but you wouldn’t know it from their way of keeping close to each other while they are expecting the arrival of two extraordinary babies.

I like to tell this story on Christmas cards I send out each year. The whole Hail Mary is based on Elizabeth’s greeting to Mary. They loved each other so much– it’s deeply touching. I hope that in this Christmas season, that the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth will touch you as deeply as it has touched me.

Join us tomorrow for more reflections produced by great Catholic New Media personalities as we journey through the advent.

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