Posted by: livingscripture | May 31, 2017

Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth

 

FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD

May 31, 2017

SEVENTH WEDNESDAY OF EASTERTIDE

VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY

 

WORD of the DAY

 And Mary said:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;

my spirit rejoices in God my savior.

For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness;

behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.    (Luke 1: 46-48)

How shall I live this Word?

In her visit to her cousin Elizabeth, Mary teaches us to receive God and our sisters and brothers.  It is not easy to truly receive God in our heart, as Mary did.  Sometimes we consider God like a salesperson who comes to offer His products.  We leave Him at the threshold of our home, on the doorstep.  We ask Him what good things He has brought us, which graces He offers us, and we agree on obtaining what interests us at that moment.

To receive God as Mary did means letting Him enter fully into our home, giving Him the place of honor; placing Him at the center of our life with joy, singing our Magnificat for all the marvels He has worked in us.  It means giving Him all the space, even when He upsets our plans and sends our projects into crisis as well as our certainties.  This is how Mary received Him in her life, not to use Him, but to give herself totally to His service and singing her Magnificat to Him with her entire existence.

Mary also teaches us how to receive our sisters and brothers, as the reading of Paul to the Romans invites us to.  Do not be hypocrites; detest evil, attach yourself to the good.  Love each other with fraternal affection; compete with each other in esteem.  It is an impassioned invitation to reciprocal love in Christ.  Like Mary, we must go out of ourselves to meet those in need, to appreciate what marvels God is working in those around us, our family, our community, our Church.  By opening ourselves to God, we can open ourselves to others, making space, seeing God in them and His plans for them; recognizing His voice that comes to us through them.  

The Voice of Pope Francis – Homily of May 31, 2013 

It is precisely Mary who brings joy.  The Church calls her ‘the Cause of our Joy’.  Why? Because she brings us the greatest joy.  She brings us Jesus!  By bringing Jesus, she makes the baby jump in his mother’s womb.  We must pray to Mary because by bringing Jesus, she gives us the grace of joy, of freedom, the joy of continual praise.

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