Love’s Visitation

By Joseph R. Veneroso, M.M.

No sooner had the echo of Mary’s yes

Faded from Gabriel’s angelic ears

Then from the eternal silence sprang​

A new urgency for the virgin’s heart:

Get up! Go! Share your miracle

With her who also received great mercy.

So unbeknownst this living ark of the new covenant

Retraced the very path taken by David’s tabernacle

Into the hill country of Judah, where like the king

The unborn John leapt and danced naked

Before God’s incarnate Word. And Spirit-filled, aged Elizabeth

Proclaimed wonder that a greeting should quicken the life within.

The virgin, the barren—women on the margins

Scarcely daring to believe in the God of the impossible:

Loving, helping, serving, person-to-person

Woman-to-woman, cousin-to-cousin, young-to-old.

Who else would believe what God had done?

How else to express this inexpressible grace?

One’s soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord

The other’s prenatal babe somersaults for joy

Bidding us to seek and celebrate, here and now

God’s abiding presence in our mundane world.