In this 6th Grade lesson, we study the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin, St. Elizabeth.
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The Visitation by Vicente Juan
This is a very human mystery: people visiting each other, families loving each other, mothers loving and caring for their unborn babies. When we read this story, we are reminded once again that Jesus was a human being inside the womb of His mother. This is true of John the Baptist as well.
Mary, a young pregnant woman, made a very long and difficult journey to visit her cousin, Elizabeth. When she arrived there, Elizabeth, who had not yet been informed that Mary was pregnant, much less that she was pregnant with Jesus, the Son of God, exclaimed, “Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb!” The fruit of Mary’s womb is, of course, Jesus. Elizabeth goes on to humbly wonder out loud how it is possible that the Mother of God should come to spend time with her. She tells Mary that she is blessed because she trusted in God and is cooperating in His plan to bring Christ into the world.
In the story of the Visitation we find one really key and important fact. The baby in St. Elizabeth’s womb, whom we know is St. John the Baptist, actually leaps in St. Elizabeth’s womb when he hears Mary’s voice and senses Jesus’ presence. St. John the Baptist, who was probably about 6 inches long, weighed less than a pound, and had no knowledge of the world beyond the inside of the womb, was able to recognize Mary and Jesus. And St. Elizabeth noticed that he recognized Mary and Jesus and tells Mary that she feels him leaping inside of her. That’s amazing! If a tiny pre-born baby can recognize the Mother of God and Jesus Christ, how much more aware should we be of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist! Jesus was already sanctifying, or making people holy, when He was in His Mother’s womb.
The fact that both the baby St. John the Baptist and the baby Jesus Christ recognized each other from within their mothers’ wombs helps us realize how sacred and special human life is. All babies in their mother’s wombs are sacred and should be protected. Baby Jesus and St. John the Baptist reaffirm what we already know: that abortion is a terrible sin and murder. That’s right, to kill the unborn or the partially born is to murder a human being. There is no way around it! Abortion is murder.
One thing that this lesson teaches us about Mary is that she’s not just the Mother of the human Jesus, she’s also the Mother of the divine Jesus. The two natures o... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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