May 31st, 2006
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Elizabeth said ‘Blessed are you who believed that what
was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.’ It
is not always easy for me to believe that the above will happen.
In this Gospel’s Reading, two women’s strong faith beliefs
are contrasted with Zechariah’s disbelief (Luke 1:20). The
Gospel presents two conversations. But, Mary stayed for three months.
I can well imagine many of the conversations they had – at
their equivalent of a kitchen table.
How does one live out their strong faith beliefs in 2006 in each
of our individual lives? How does one self-nurture Elizabeth’s
and Mary’s belief behaviors versus Zechariah’s trait
of disbelief? Is it a gift? Is it a matter of self-discipline? Does
the belief behavior result from practicing all the admonitions listed
in Romans Ch. 12 Reading of today?
I know in everyone’s life – at different times –
there are challenges to one’s faith belief system. Perhaps,
the best solution is meditation on this Gospel Reading – God’s
plan for the insurmountable in each of our lives is no different
now than it was for Elizabeth and Mary. Times change – God’s
fulfillment of the universe does not. Unfortunately, we do not have
the time nor the panoramic vision to truly appreciate this plan.
But, Elizabeth calls us to be Blessed – ‘Blessed
are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would
After writing the above at the beginning of a train ride, I had
the opportunity to meet a retired divorced U.S. ex-patriate now
living in Budapest. We met in a dining car on a three-hour train
ride from Budapest to Nyiregyhaza and shared wonderful life and
travel stories. After we parted, I immediately thought of today’s
Readings. It was a major life change for her to retire to a totally
different culture – in her own way, she believed, took a risk,
and lives out her life plan. Perhaps, if we each looked closer and
listened more, we would know many individuals in our daily lives
who are mentoring to us how they too are Blessed and are living
out the message that they believe: ‘that was spoken to you
by the Lord would be fulfilled.’
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