The Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

The Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

By REV. FR. SAMUEL FREDERICK

 

Zeph. 3:14-18, Lk. 1:39-56. “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.” With these words Mary first acknowledged the special gifts she has been given in her visit of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth. Mary’s visit reminds us of the importance of personal relationships between people and the need to be positively and joyfully involved in the lives of others. In today’s Gospel, Mary recalls God’s universal favours, bestowed unceasingly on the human race. When we devote all our thoughts to the praise and service of the Lord, we proclaim God’s greatness. Our observance of God’s commands also shows that we have God’s power and greatness always at heart. Our spirit rejoices in God our saviour and delights in the mere recollection of his creator who gives us hope for eternal salvation.
 
At Mary’s visit, Elizabeth went on to declare Mary blessed because of her faith: “Blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.” It was because of her faith that she became the mother of God’s Son. It was her surrender in faith to God’s call, “Let it be to me according to your word,” that ensured she would become the mother of the Lord. We may not be able to imitate Mary’s motherhood, but we can imitate her faith, which was what really defined her. Paul in his letter to the Galatians speaks of “faith working through love” or faith which expresses itself in love. That was the kind of faith Mary had; her visit to Elizabeth was her faith expressing itself in love. This is the same mature faith that we are called to “the faith that shows itself in love.” Mary points the way to such a faith.
 
May the Lord grant us His grace, so that we may be able to entrust ourselves anew to God and be the shining beacons of His light, hope and truth in our darkened world! Amen!! Have a glorious day!!!
 
 
 

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