I am with you always until the end of this world - Jesus (Matthew 28:20).

Preach the Word in season and out of season reproving, rebuking or advising always with patience and providing instructions (2 Timothy 4:2).

Do not fear, Mary, for God has looked kindly on you (Luke 1:30).

Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly. - G. K. Chesterton

Saturday, May 31, 2014

My Reflection for Saturday May 31, Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Luke 1:39-56

Gospel: Luke 1:39-56
(Jesus said to his disciples) Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. 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.”

And Mary said: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his Name. He has mercy on those who fear him in every generation. He has shown the strength of his arm, he has scattered the proud in their conceit. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones, and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent away empty. He has come to the help of his servant Israel for he has remembered his promise of mercy, the promise he made to our fathers, to Abraham and his children forever.”

Mary remained with her about three months and then returned to her home.
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What are we going to do if a very close relative whom we have not seen for quite sometime will give us a visit? we would be very happy for sure  and even if we don’t have much we would still find time to give them the best accommodations and treatment that we could give them.

This must have been the feeling of Elizabeth when she was visited by her cousin Mary who at that time was also pregnant with the baby Jesus in her womb. They shared a lot of stories about themselves. They strengthened each others morale they shared compassion among them and the Blessed Mother stayed with her cousin until she gave birth.

Through Mary and her cousin Elizabeth, this Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary imparts us so many lessons about human relations and life itself which we sometimes take for granted. Here are three lessons:

1. We need to go out of our way to visit our relatives and close friends whom we have not seen for quite sometime.
2. We need to strengthen them morally and spiritually.
3. We need to bring good tidings to them and share whatever we have no matter how small.
4. We need to be open to listen to them, their heartaches, frustrations about life or anything under the sun that they would tell us.

We sometimes forget these little acts of kindness that can do much to uplift a weary person. And to individuals who longs to share also their innermost feelings to us. But many of us are so busy that we have no more time for them yet we have time to tinker with our new gadget  and we even have time to do facebook.

What an irony of life.   

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