The Australian Catholic Bishops Conference has an interesting article entitled Three stories of Evangelization from the Gospels:
The scenes they choose to look at are 1. Mary Visits Elizabeth. (Lk 1: 39 – 56) 2. Jesus’ First Disciples (Jn 1: 19 – 50) and 3. Jesus talks with a Samaritan Woman (Jn 4: 1 – 42)
Here is what they say about the Visitation:
In the story of the Visitation, Church tradition often refers to Mary as “the first missionary”. In this scripture, Mary has only just discovered that she is miraculously pregnant with a child who is the Son of God, and who will be the saviour king that her people have been waiting for. She visits Elizabeth, who is also expecting a child: the future John the Baptist. When Mary greets Elizabeth, Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit, and her unborn child leaps for joy because Jesus is present.
Mary brought with her the unborn Jesus, and the Good News that God had finally sent the Saviour. In a similar way, an evangelist brings with them something very precious: the good news of God’s love, an invitation to come to know Jesus personally, and the testimony of the saving power of Jesus. Just as Elizabeth and John the Baptist were filled with the Spirit and joy in the presence of Jesus, the Good News of Jesus Christ is the source of deep joy when it is received into the heart.
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