A reflection on Luke 1.5-15, 24-25, 39-45:
“Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” These words of Elizabeth’s are, in some form or other, repeated daily around the world by millions (myself included) as we pray the rosary. Part of the important role Elizabeth has to play is in pointing out, to Mary and to the world, the vital role Mary is playing as the theotokos, the God-bearer. Naming and blessing that gift is important.
For all of us, having our roles, our vocations, our very beings, recognised and blessed by others is important. Sometimes that happens formally by the church, sometimes it comes in words of encouragement or prayers from an individual, not always the person we might expect. What is intended as a passing remark, even, may take on great significance.
And how do we value and recognise and bless the vocations of others, we as individuals and as church communities? What can we do to encourage one another, to build one another up, to affirm and bless the unique gifts and vocations of the people in our lives?