Mary meets Elizabeth

A statue depicting the meeting of Mary and Elizabeth as recorded by Luke

At the Church of the Visitation in Ein Karem

“Here [Mark 6.14-29] at the ending of John the Baptist’s life, I find myself thinking back to its beginning.…

“John had met Jesus when they were in the waters of the womb, had met him again at the waters of the Jordan, had been borne along by the sureness of his call and by the living water he found in his cousin the Christ. At the last, when we meet him in today’s gospel reading, what flows in John’s life is not water but blood, a horrendous libation spilled out at Herod’s feast.”  From The River of John by Jan Richardson in The Painted Prayerbook.


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