The Memorable Visitation
by Maria Franco
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Every time, I bring Our Lady’s Pilgrim Statue to my home, I am reminded of these words “Why should this great thing happen to me, that my Lord’s mother comes to visit me?” Luke 1:43
Some visits fill us with immense joy and will always remain a memorable event in our minds. Today, on the feast of the Visitation , we recall how Mary hastened to visit Elizabeth on hearing the good news from the Angel Gabriel. We can almost imagine Mary’s joy and excitement on her journey. Still more, Elizabeth’s reaction when the child leapt in her womb on hearing the voice of Mary and her proclamation on being filled with the Holy Spirit that Mary is the Mother of the Lord.
Mary in all humility, as we read in the Magnificat , praises God for looking with favor on her, His lowly servant. She rejoices in the great things that He has done for her by fulfilling the promise made to Abraham & his descendants that a Savior would soon come who would impart the ultimate gift of love, sacrifice and eternal life.
Mary in her visit to Elizabeth sets an example to us all to reach out to those who are in need of our help. Those struggling with problems, those who just require the comfort of our voice or the gentle touch of a reassuring hand. Sometimes, maybe our presence is enough to give them strength. Most importantly, our prayers for those who are far away and with whom we cannot be with always.
Yet, another incident where we see Mary’s concern is at the wedding feast in Cana when the wine runs out. She gently cajoles Jesus to perform His first miracle in order to help the family and save them from an embarrassing situation.
Her words to the servants “Do whatever He tells you.” implies to us as well. To listen to Her Son and follow His instructions.
Perhaps, in the present world, there is a greater need to call upon Jesus to change the wine back into water.
In our own lives, Mary is always at our side to help us. Recently, I was earnestly searching for an item and I suddenly remembered these words “Mary with your pure eyes help me to find it.”
Voila! In an instant, I found what I was looking for.
May we always turn our steps towards the paths of those around us and hasten to assist them in the true spirit of Jesus and His beloved Mother Mary.
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