Visitation Day

(Based on Luke 1:39-55)

In haste Mary climbed the hills of Judah,
a young girl
hurried by the secret growing in her
to seek reassurance
from another who
also held in quiet confidence
the certainty that nothing is impossible with God.

And Elizabeth did not fail her:
Blessed are you among women,
and blessed is the fruit of your womb.
-Luke 1:42

The Spirit prompted her
to instant recognition
of Mary’s hidden treasure
as her own babe leapt within her womb,
already eager to commence his herald role.

Then Mary spilled her joy
(forever scattering grace about her)
in words that long millennia
have never silenced.
And all generations since that Visitation Day
have called her blessed
as they too magnify the Word
so wondrously clothed in this virgin’s flesh.

Copyright (c) 2021 by Jeanne Kun

Top image credit: The Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, Oil painting on panel (cropped), copy after Rembrandt van Rijn (Leyden 1606 ‚Äď Amsterdam 1669), late 17th century, in the¬†Knole, The Sackville Collection, UK. (The original is in Detroit Institute of Arts.) Non commercial use for image in public domain.

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