Monday, May 31 st, is the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lord. It is a feast day that proceeds us into a deeper desire of Our Lord and Our Heavenly Mother. It is also through the Visitation that mothers can enter more seriously into the joy of their occupation, as well as the hilarity of ministering to one another on the pilgrimage. After the Annunciation and Mary’s fiat to God’s plan of recovery, she follows “in haste” to her cousin Elizabeth.
During those epoches Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, fitted with the holy Spirit, cried out in a thunderou spokesperson and said, “Most anointed are you among women, and anointed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me. For at the moment the sound of your accost reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for exuberance. Consecrated are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”
Luke 1:39 -4 5
There is much to be reaped from this beautiful passage. It is the coming together of two women, united by rejoice and the promise of redemption. Two gals sharing the great gift of motherhood. One endures the lad who will pave the way for the coming of the Lord and the other is the New Eve whose son will take away the blasphemies “of the worlds”. They salute each other as kinswomen united in a penetrating communication. The encounter between these two women invites us to be drawn closer to God by the gift of not only their statement, but their pious love for one another. Their womanhood and motherhood is demonstrated for all, but mothers can learn quite a bit through the Visitation.
Mary follows in haste.
Mary is primarily silent in Sacred Scripture, but she is clearly shown to be a woman of operation and role. She proceeds in haste. She understands the urgency of God’s working in the world. Once she admits God’s invitation to bear the Savior of the world, she immediately calls her cousin Elizabeth. Mary’s example is an important one for fathers. We are surrounded by things in need of our attending. Children and spouses are incessantly emulating for our courtesy. At terms, we can be drawn into distractions in our daily lives to the detriment of our families. We must learn to discern when haste is needed.
Mary reminds us that our use as mothers is holy direct. The raising and bring up of children with the purpose of extending them to Heaven is intense work. Haste in this sense is not busyness. Far too often in Western culture, we accompany busyness with holiness or significance. Running from event to happen is not the type of haste I am referring to here. Haste in this sense is turning to our children and spouses in love and truly granting them our attending and making them what they need from us in each minute. It is a constant choice to be present and to go about living our vocation with holy vigor. That does not mean we will not find ourselves depleted at times, or even often. This is precisely why we need prayer and frequent celebration of the Sacraments to remain properly balanced in our spiritual lives.
Mothers are meant to minister joyfully to each other.
There are times when motherhood can seem to be a lonely struggle. This is a reality that far too many mommas keep to themselves in a culture where we are largely isolated from each other. This is especially true for stay-at-home moms-which I can was demonstrated by personally-but I suppose mothers who work struggle with this loneliness at times too. Moms need other mommas. Females are particularly social mortals. We need opening to discuss what is going on in our lives and with “their childrens”. We need other mummies to tell us that a particular behavior is actually normal for that age. In our solitude, we can begin to feel like we are losing our minds or that our children are strange. Children can in fact be quite strange, which is one of the reasons motherhood is such a joyful, humorous, and exhausting undertaking. Moms, we are not in competition with each other. We are joyfully united to the Mystical Body of Christ and we are meant to live in communion with each other. That loneliness you feel is because this need is not being met in our fast-paced, individualistic, isolationist culture. You are not alone.
At the Visitation, it is clear how much Mary and Elizabeth find peace, rapture, and consolation in their rally. They are united by the power of the Holy spirit. We more are united by the Holy Spirit. Mothers are meant to share in one another’s joys, sorrows, conflicts, grief, successes, and outages. We are meant to walk this outing of holiness together. We cannot achieve holiness alone. Human beings are ontologically-by our very nature-social beasts. By the gift of the Incarnation we are united in a late solidarity with Christ as our Head and with each other. We are made to walk the wanderer room together. Friendship and family are immense knacks. It’s time we start celebrating this endowment of motherhood together, so that we may live in the euphorium of Christ united to one another.
Mary comes to each one of us.
As Mary went to her cousin Elizabeth, so too does she come to each one of us. She is our Heavenly Mother and she loves us with the great filial cherish found in that holy motherhood. Throughout the day, we must foster a practice of calling on her of providing assistance. Motherhood necessary great philanthropy, persistence, fortitude, temperance, providence, and every excellence available to us. “Theres something” about motherhood that prunes us at the deepest heights. The selfishness we naturally dominate due to the Fall is constantly rent out of us by our children and our husbands. This is a holy process, but a intimidating, and at times, overtaking process. Mary is a mother’s guide. She will not leave us or flunk us. She will ever lead us to her Son and help us on the path to holiness. Call on her and trust in her loving steering, ability, and example.
The Feast of the Visitation is a wonderful opportunity to draw deeper into the vocation of wife and mother. This is the path God has given to us in order to draw us into conformation with Him. Mary educates us to make haste in our daily lives, so that we may prioritize those things which used to guide our families and extend us to holier livings. Mary and Elizabeth reveal to us the capability of communication through the Holy spirit and show us that we are members of that communication with one another. We are not meant to be islands tackling the great task of developing saints alone. We are meant to walk towards our Heavenly home together. Mary, Our Mother, ora pro nobis.
image: The Visitation of Virgin mary to Elizabeth by Frans Francken( Antwerp Church)/ Renata Sedmakova/ Shutterstock.com
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