Posted by: livingscripture | May 31, 2010

FEAST OF THE VISITATION

From the Word of the Day

Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.
Luke 1: 45

How should we live this Word

Filled with awe at all the Lord was doing in her, she hurries to Ain Karim to her cousin Elizabeth. After the humble and warm welcome from her cousin, Mary’s heart explodes into a hymn of praise and gratitude to the Lord. “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior…” Elizabeth identifies with Mary’s joy because the Lord had visited her as well, first with the gift of maternity in her advanced age and now with the visit of the young woman chosen to carry the Messiah in her womb. How many beautiful and deep things, how much hope the two women could share during their encounter of almost three months!

Their intimacy is not only the fruit of their human ties but also from staying with the Lord. It is a human-spiritual relationship that brings growth to the both of them. In fact, in her wisdom Elizabeth recognizes the greatness of her cousin that lies in her faith and in her obedience to God’s word. We can also apply this declaration to Elizabeth herself and then to each of us when we are capable of responding yes to God’s word and to His interventions in our life.

Mary’s faith and obedience permitted God to enter our humanity intimately. ‘The Word became flesh’. Thus Mary becomes the door of salvation and of encounter with the Lord for everyone. We too can become doors of encounter with the Lord for our sisters and brothers.

Today as I pause for silent contemplation, I will open the door of my heart to God in faith and in obedience, aware of becoming a door for God for all I meet.

Lord, show me the road to true communion with You and with everyone. Help me to free myself from my ego, from illusions, discontent, and habits that stop me from honestly opening myself to others.

The voice of Henri Nouwen, spiritual guide
With poverty of heart we may receive the experiences of others as gifts. Their stories can be creatively connected to our own. Their existences can give new meaning to ours. Their God will speak to ours in mutual revelation.


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