FRIENDS and SERVANTS of the WORD
Thursday May 31, 2018
FEAST OF THE VISITATION
Week Eight of Ordinary Time
WORD of the DAY
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. (Luke 1: 41-43)
How shall I live this Word?
Today’s Liturgy invites us to re-live the joy of Mary and Elizabeth when they meet in Ain Karim. It is precisely through Elizabeth’s words to her cousin Mary that we can penetrate the endless riches of this event in the history of salvation. “Who am I that the Mother of my Lord should come to me?” Elizabeth is truly amazed that Mary, the Mother of the Lord, comes to her.
Celebrating the feast of the Visitation means, above all, entering into the incomprehensibility of a God who ‘visits’ human beings because of His insuppressible desire for closeness and communion with His creatures. The authentic attitude of a religious person is modeled on that of Elizabeth. It is insuppressible awe, full of gratitude for an encounter that is unmerited, the extremely generous gift of love from God who wants to be generated into our life in order to live with us forever.
Mother of Jesus, give me Your heart, so beautiful, so pure, so immaculate, so full of love and humility so that I may receive Jesus in the Bread of Life, love Him as You have loved Him, and serve Him in the guise of the poorest of the poor. Mother Teresa of Calcutta
The voice of St. Augustine
Mary Most Holy is truly the mystical staircase on which the Son of God descended to earth and through which human beings ascend to Heaven.
Institute of Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, Via dell’Ateneo Salesiano 81, 00139 Rome, Italy
Comment by Fr. Mario Maritano, SDB