When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled,” Luke 1: 41-45.
Hat tip to Christen, a Des Moines-area Catholic, for introducing this painting by Jason Jenicke to me. Here’s a few details about this piece from the artist himself:
Father Vince Kirsche from the St. Lawrence Center in Lawrence, Kansas, first commissioned me to paint this portrait, for many reasons. He wanted a painting that would primarily speak to the youth, symbolic of being welcomed into the church, just as Elizabeth welcomed the visiting Mary. It is also intended to express the importance of the women’s role in the church along with showing support for pro-life issues.
Mary is shown touching the belly of the pregnant Elizabeth, since the Scripture passage in Luke 1: 39-45 indicates that upon Mary’s greeting, “the baby leapt in her womb.” The painting is representative of what the landscape would have looked like and the trails indicate the great distance Mary traveled to reach Elizabeth.
Read more about Jason and his artwork here.