FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
May 31, 2023 Wednesday 7 of Easter
VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN
WORD of the DAY
“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. (Luke 1: 46-49)
How shall I live this Word?
We all know the event and we know that Mary didn’t stay at home to reflect, she didn’t withdraw into herself after the Annunciation. She hurriedly went to help her cousin Elizabeth and proclaim Jesus to her. An occasion that gave her the opportunity to rejoice in the Lord and highlighted, among other aspects, her humility and the great things done by the Almighty. Through this canticle, she proposes that we grow in humility so that the Lord can act in us. Certainly, it is not easy to fight one’s pride, but if we welcome Mary as our teacher, guide, and mother by praying with her, the task will be made easier for us.
Heavenly Mother, teacher of humility, teach me the way!
The voice of Pope Francis, Angelus Sunday 15 August 2021
The word “humility” comes from the Latin term humus, which means “earth”. It’s paradoxical: to get high, to Heaven, you have to stay low, like the earth! Jesus teaches it, “Those who humbles themselves will be exalted” (Lk 14:11). God does not exalt us for our talents, for our wealth, for our skills, but for our humility. God is in love with humility. God lifts up those who humble themselves, those who serve. Indeed, Mary attributes to herself nothing other than the ‘title’ of His handmaid: she is “the handmaid of the Lord” (Lk 1:38). She says nothing else about herself; she seeks nothing else for herself. So today we can ask ourselves, each of us, in our hearts, how is my humility? Do I seek to be recognized by others, to assert myself and be praised or am I thinking of serving? Can I listen, like Mary, or do I just want to talk and get attention? Can I be silent, like Mary, or do I always chat? Do I know how to take a step back, defuse quarrels and arguments or do I always just try to excel? Let us think about these questions. How is my humility?”
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