Saturday 1 July 2023

About Today Readings

Genesis 18:1-15. The Lord has remembered his mercy – Luke 1:46-50, 53-55. Matthew 8:5-17.

Next year your wife Sarah will have a son

In Genesis God tells Abraham that his wife Sarah will become pregnant. She’s beyond child-bearing age and laughs in the background. Often this laugh is portrayed as sarcastic or doubtful, but I wonder what it must have been like for an elderly woman to be told she would bear a child? I wonder if it was a nervous laugh, born of fear? By contrast, Mary has a very different reaction to the news she is to bear the Son of God. Instead, she rejoices as she visits her cousin Elizabeth, another mature mother pregnant by miraculous means. Pregnancy is indeed a miraculous gift to those on who it is bestowed, but it is very normal for expectant mothers who are vulnerable or have complicated pregnancies to be nervous about the outcome. Cousins Mary and Elizabeth supported each other through a shared experience. Maybe that was the difference.

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