Me? Be it done unto me according to your word, Mary said.
Agreeing to the plan revealed at the Annunciation, bore consequences. A virgin pregnancy, for instance. Parents and a fiancée who needed to be told. Shame to face. Questions to ponder. Miracles to partake of.
According to Luke1, she immediately went away to see her cousin Elizabeth who had also become pregnant through a miracle. Did her parents or Joseph send her away while they considered what to do with her? Did Elizabeth send a request for help since she was now pregnant with John the Baptist, or did Mary ask to go, since she knew of Elizabeth’s pregnancy through the words of the angel? No matter what, Mary was going to see someone who was also experiencing the miracle of a seemingly impossible birth.
In Luke 1, when John leapt in Elizabeth’s womb at the sound of Mary’s voice, a sense of joint wonder must have come over them. The words they spoke were holy. They were in the presence of God. Jesus, no bigger than an apple seed, was in their midst in Mary’s womb. His presence was already being felt. Salvation was breaking into our warped world.
Elizabeth cried upon hearing Mary’s greeting, Blessed among women are you, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And how has it happened to me that they mother of my Lord should come to me…And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfillment of what had been spoken to her by the Lord, (Luke 1: 42b-43, 45).
Mary’s reply? My soul exalts the Lord, and my spirit has rejoiced in God my Savior…for the Mighty One has done great things for me; and holy is His name. And His mercy is upon generation after generation toward those who fear Him (Luke 1:46-47, 49-50).
His mercy is upon generation after generation through this child.
Miracles of mercy, grace, and hope were everywhere! This miraculous birth would beget other births—other children would be born of the Holy Spirit through the miracle of regeneration and faith in the Son of God. We, through grace and faith in Christ, become sons and daughters of the Most High God. We too can have Christ formed in us as we agree to God’s plan and say, be it done unto me according to your will.
And that is the biggest miracle of all.