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‏▪️ And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb;

Dec 26, 2021

‏▪️ And it happened, when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, that the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. - Luke 1:41

‏🛑 John jumped for joy to make an announcement concerning his future preaching.

‏The infant of the barren woman exulted before the infant of the virgin.

‏He sought out his mother’s tongue and desired to pronounce a prophecy concerning the Lord.

‏Therefore Elizabeth’s conception was kept hidden from Mary for six months, until the infant would have limbs sufficiently formed to exult before the Lord with his jumping and become a witness to Mary through his exultation.

‏Moreover, that he exulted in the womb of his mother was not of himself, nor because of his five months, but

‏so that the divine gifts might show themselves in the barren womb that was now carrying him.

‏It was also so that the other womb, that of the Virgin, would know the great gifts given to Elizabeth,

and that the two soils might believe in the seeds they had received through the word of Gabriel, cultivator of both grounds.

‏Since John could not cry out in his exultation and render witness to his Lord, his mother began to say, “You are blessed among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”

‏Our Lord prepared his herald in a dead womb, to show that he came after a dead Adam.

He vivified Elizabeth’s womb first, and then vivified the soil of Adam through his body.

St. ‏Ephrem The Syrian


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