Zephaniah 3:14-18 / Luke 1:39-45
Pregnancy is a time where many emotions and many facets of life are exhibited and expressed.
Whether it is for the mother who is carrying the child or for the father or those who are close to the parents, the emotions range from joy to anxiety.
Whatever it might be, the fact that a new life is forming in the womb of the mother is a great happening.
So we can imagine when Mary visited Elizabeth and the emotions that bursts forth when the two expecting women met.
Both are going to be mothers-to-be and yet all is not joy. There were shades of anxiety and also uncertainty.
Yet the 1st reading proclaims to us to shout for joy and rejoice and exalt with all our heart.
Especially in this time of waiting in hope for the coming of the Lord at the feast of Christmas.
So even in our anxiety and uncertainty, let us remember what Elizabeth said to Mary: Blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.
Yes the Lord God is in our midst. He has already fulfilled His promise. We only need to pray and believe.