Mary then set out for a town in the Hills of Judah. She entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary's greeting, the baby leapt in her womb. Elizabeth was filled with Holy Spirit, and giving a loud cry, said, «You are most blessed among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb! How is it that the mother of my Lord comes to me? The moment your greeting sounded in my ears, the baby within me suddenly leapt for joy. Blessed are you who believed that the Lord's word would come true!».
And Mary said: «My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit exults in God my savior! He has looked upon his servant in her lowliness, and people forever will call me blessed. The Mighty One has done great things for me, Holy is his Name! From age to age his mercy extends to those who live in his presence. He has acted with power and done wonders, and scattered the proud with their plans. He has put down the mighty from their thrones and lifted up those who are downtrodden. He has filled the hungry with good things but has sent the rich away empty. He held out his hand to Israel, his servant, for he remembered his mercy, even as he promised our fathers, Abraham and his descendants forever». Mary remained with Elizabeth about three months and then returned home.
On this day of the Feast of the Visitation, I invite you to discover the divine accompaniment in your daily life, as Mary discovered it. Today, Mary is invited to discover not only the title God gave her, 'the mother of God,' but also how that God accompanies her cousin. She had been under the impression that her service to her cousin would be a generosity or a duty on her part. In truth, in her ignorance, she discovers that she is accomplishing the divine will, a cooperation in the Trinitarian work.
There is a great meeting of men of great value and also a meeting of three persons together, totally invisible to men, yet visible to the eyes of faith, especially for Mary, Elizabeth, John the Baptist, Zachariah, etc. God does not hide Himself, He allows Himself to be found, by men of good will.
Like Mary, we are invited to dwell, to dwell with God, in the homes of men. Is this dwelling of Mary, in her cousin's house, not a dwelling of God? God puts himself at the service of the people. Many of us see the visitation of Mary, and we are right. If we want to look deeper, in truth in Mary, there was the visitation of the Trinity, because the Father was there with his Son, and all were enveloped by the Holy Spirit. The men enveloped by the Trinity, are able to overthrow the powerful of the world and make the humble ones rise, fill them with joy, as God does. Shall we too be inspired bt the Holy Spirit and enact such visitations in our daily life?
Action of the day : Try to visit a person today and assure him or her your support.
Daily Quote from the Early Church Fathers:
John prophecies from the womb,
by Maximus of Turin (died between 408-423 AD)
"Not yet born, already John prophesies and, while still in the enclosure of his mother's womb, confesses the coming of Christ with movements of joy - since he could not do so with his voice. As Elizabeth says to holy Mary, 'As soon as you greeted me, the child in my womb exulted for joy.' John exults, then, before he is born. Before his eyes can see what the world looks like, he can recognize the Lord of the world with his spirit. In this regard, I think that the prophetic phrase is appropriate: 'Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, and before you came forth from the womb I sanctified you' (Jeremiah 1:5). Thus we ought not to marvel that after Herod put him in prison, he continued to announce Christ to his disciples from his confinement, when even confined in the womb he preached the same Lord by his movements." (excerpt from SERMON 5.4)