THE SERVANT GENERAL
MARY AND ELIZABETH
Today’s gospel: Luke 1:39-45
God had done a miraculous wonder in the lives of Elizabeth
and Mary. Elizabeth had conceived in her old age and barrenness.
Mary had conceived by the action of the Holy Spirit. Now Mary,
awed by all this, “set out and traveled to the hill
country in haste to a town of Judah” (v.39) in order
to see Elizabeth. Here we see two missionary families of Christ
we talk of being missionary, we naturally think of
going to some far off land to proclaim Christ. This certainly
is true, but before we even go off to meet strangers in strange
lands, we evangelize in the normal day-to-day circumstances
of our lives, starting with our own family and relatives.
work as MFC is all about God using families to reach
other families. In this case, we have two mothers and two
sons. These two sons would later go on to preach the good
news of the Kingdom of God. But before that, they would be
raised and formed in the home. The most basic institution
for raising the generations of the people of God is the family,
and the most basic school of formation is the home.In living
Christ in the home, we start with our very young children.
In fact, even while still in the womb, we are already praying
for our unborn children. The unborn are already being evangelized
and introduced to Jesus. In the encounter of Elizabeth with
Mary, “the infant leaped in her womb” (v.41a).
families are all about Christ. Christ is at the center of
the family and home, and salvation in Christ is the good news
that is to be preached. If so, then missionary families need
to be of Christ, that is, belonging to Christ and
serving Christ. Elizabeth immediately recognized that Mary
was “the mother of my Lord” (v.43). And as we
accept Christ, we will be “filled with the holy Spirit.”
(v.41b). It is the Holy Spirit that empowers us to go off
It is a great and awesome wonder to be called to be Missionary
Families of Christ. We all want what is good for our families,
for our children and our children’s children. We will
be blessed as we allow ourselves to be used by God to be a
blessing to others. Mary and her unborn Son, that is, a family,
traveled to another town to interact with Elizabeth and her
unborn son, that is, went on mission. Just like the Holy Family,
we as MFC, both parents and children, will be greatly blessed.
“Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the
fruit of your womb.” (v.42).
missionary families of Christ is God’s way for us in
MFC to enjoy the fullness of joy in the Christian life, a
life of commitment to God and to His service. Just like John
the Baptist, even the unborn child in such a family would
leap for joy (v.44).
you want to be blessed? Do you want to be filled with joy?
Then believe in the vision and mission of MFC. God has chosen
us, called us and sent us to go forth. As has been with our
Mother Mary, so will it be done unto us. “Blessed are
you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would
be fulfilled.” (v.45).