Today we consider The Visitation: Mary’s visit to Elizabeth after the angel told her that she would carry the Christ Child. Our Scriptures are Luke 1.39-56 and Hebrews 13.1-2. Our art for today is The Visitation by He Qi.

 

 

Notes for the sermon

The art for today is The Visitation by He Qi (pronounced huh chee) and you can view the painting at http://bit.ly/2PjHhgu . In her book Contemplative Vision, Juliet Benner comments on Elizabeth receiving Mary, the one who was bearing the Christ Child:

“The Rule of St Benedict encourages its adherents to let all guests who arrive whether a stranger or not to be received like Christ.”

“Emulating Jesus’ own inclusion of every person he met, we are to extend love and grace to everyone.”

Elizabeth received and honored Mary because something holy was at work in her—as it is in each person you meet.

Pride or position should not be obstacles to respecting, even honoring others.

We must be attentive to the other. You cannot hear another unless you have the humility to quiet your own story and listen to the other.  This is another invitation for us to stop being self-centered. Think about it: Elizabeth had her own story, her own miracle.

How we treat people should not be determined by who we think they are or what they do. Our treatment of others should be determined by who God says they are.

Stop and think about the implications: if we recognize the presence of Christ in others, how would that change our interactions?

Because each person is created in the image of God and has sacred worth, I will…

For every person you see, think: “This person is created in the image of God and has sacred worth.”