‘WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?’ (Lk 1:39-45): 21 December 2007 (Friday)

‘WHAT’S WRONG WITH THIS PICTURE?’ (Lk 1:39-45):  21 December 2007 (Friday)


What’s wrong with this picture?  One glance at this scene of the Visitation, and we’ll probably say, “Nothing!”  After hearing the angel’s news, Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth to offer her help.  Mary is herself pregnant, but out of generosity and concern for Elizabeth, she leaves home to stay with her cousin until the latter’s childbirth.  Elizabeth rushing out to welcome Mary makes a touching stampita scene, as composed here by filmmaker Franco Zefferelli in his 1977 six-hour mini-series, “Jesus of Nazareth.”