OF MARY AND ELIZABETH
Sin entered the world because of
pride. Salvation will be accomplished through humility...but not the
humility of beggars and slaves, which are natural or human, but
through the humility of a God.
Obviously no human can teach this
but only a God, so the necessity for Christ to become a human being
precisely just to teach us this divine humility.
Since sin entered the world through
the pride of a woman, it was proper that salvation would be
introduced into the world through the humility of a woman...or
women. Since sin entered through Eve, it was proper that God would
use Mary to help save man from that sin.
Mary was humble and so was her
cousin Elizabeth. Mary showed her divine humility in that, given so
great an honor, her attention never focused on the honor but
continuously on her unworthiness. It is said that Lucifer, seeing
the great honor given him in being the most beautiful among the
angels, forgot he was a creature...which made him proud and turned
him into an ugly devil.
Elizabeth, likewise, honored by the
visit of the mother of God and proclaimed the mother of the
precursor of Christ "of which none is greater born of a
woman", never placed her attention on the honor but on her
unworthiness: "Who am I to deserve this visit from the mother
of my Lord?"
All the saints had this one common
denominator--compliments, flatteries and honors never affected them.
In fact, they even ran away from these. And the more important fact
is that their minds were always on their sins, faults and defects--
their unworthiness, in obedience to the encouragement of the
psalmist, "Take heed."
Why is this divine humility
important? Because wisdom is given only to the humble--the wisdom
needed to follow Christ, to attain holiness, to save one's soul.
Salvation is not guess work. It is a calculated activity that needs
a lot of wisdom. Elizabeth, in fact, showed a newly-acquired
supernatural wisdom: "Blessed is she who has believed that what
the Lord has said to her will be accomplished." Who told
Elizabeth that the Lord had made a promise to Mary that she would be
the mother of God and that this promise was fulfilled? "Why am
I so favored that the mother of my Lord should come to me?" How
did she know that Mary was the mother of the Lord? Her wisdom was a
supernatural wisdom, unattainable by human means.
Mary, likewise, showed this wisdom
that contained elements of the knowledge of the past, present and
future...a prophetic wisdom. To reach holiness and attain
salvation...and to be of some help to others in the sanctification
of their souls, some degree of this wisdom is necessary.