Thursday, May 31, 2018

His Word Today: Visiting

Good morning everyone,

Today, the Church celebrates the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  Mary enjoys a place of particular importance in the Church because she teaches us how to be faithful disciples.  Today's feast is focused on the fact that she was so quick to go out in service of others: something that we should all strive to do.

The angel Gabriel had told her that Elizabeth was with child and Mary knew that Elizabeth was advanced in age, therefore she immediately understood that the elder woman would need help and so the younger woman immediately set out.

The moment of their meeting is described in Saint Luke's gospel: When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the infant leapt in her womb (Lk 1:41).  Even without setting eyes on the Saviour, the child was already announcing the presence of someone of great importance.  Imagine for a moment what that kind of excitement was like.

We know the first words that were exchanged between these two women, but we can wonder about and perhaps even contemplate the conversations they may have shared while Mary stayed with Elizabeth and Zechariah.  Did they speak of excitement?  Did they share common concerns?  There was a particular relationship of trust forged between these two women; perhaps they can teach us a thing or two about developing such relationships with others, and about going outside of our own interests in order to be of service to others.

Have a great day.

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