Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
"Why the hurry, Mary?" That's a question we should consider asking based on Luke 1:39. Mary "went with haste" to the home of Elizabeth, who was some sort of a cousin. Why was she in a hurry? Elizabeth, an older woman, was six months pregnant. We don't know of any distress. She would want help as her pregnancy advanced, but we don't know the reason for urgency.
Perhaps Mary was aware of a divine appointment. Her newly-conceived child, Jesus, who was to be the savior of all, was ready to meet John, the one who would prepare his way. The time was right. The message of the angel had given her a sense of urgency.
What is the urgency of the Gospel? We need to hear the words of life. We need to be reminded that the Lord blesses and raises up the humble. We need to hear that God's mercy is for us. We need to know the Lord's power to do all things. We need to know that our thoughts and imaginations are futile. We need to see that he provides what we need, and that his provision is good.
All this is drawn from Mary's statements in Luke 1:46-55. Elizabeth and Zechariah needed to know what kind of savior she was carrying. John, in the womb, seemed to know it all already.
The Lord is good. It's worth hurryingt ohear from him.
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