Monday, May 31 st, is the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lord. It is a feast day that evokes us into a deeper enjoy of Our Lord and Our Heavenly Mother. It is likewise through the Visitation that mothers can enter more profoundly into the joy of their vocation, as well as the rejoice of ministering to one another on the expedition. After the Annunciation and Mary’s fiat to God’s plan of redemption, she continues “in haste” to her cousin Elizabeth.
During those dates Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and responded Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the babe leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, fitted with the holy Spirit, cried out in a resounding spokesperson and said, “Most anointed are you among women, and ordained 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 voice of your accost reached my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed 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 gleaned from this beautiful passage. It is the coming together of two women, united by exhilaration and the promise of saving. Two dames sharing the great gift of motherhood. One abides 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 respond each other as kinswomen united in a deep communication. The meeting between these two women invites us to be drawn closer to God by the gift of not only their pronouncement, but their righteous cherish for one another. Their womanhood and motherhood is demonstrated for all, but mothers can learn quite a bit through the Visitation.
Mary continues in haste.
Mary is primarily silent in Sacred Scripture, but she is clearly shown to be a woman of assignment and purpose. She continues in haste. She understands the urgency of God’s working in the world. Once she accepts God’s invitation to bear the Savior of the world, she immediately sees her cousin Elizabeth. Mary’s example is an important one for moms. We are surrounded by things in need of our tending. Children and spouses are forever vying for our tending. At ages, we can be drawn into distractions in our daily lives to the detriment of our families. We must learn to detect when haste is needed.
Mary reminds us that our wreak as babies is holy job. The parent and bring up of children with the purpose of contributing them to Heaven is intense work. Haste in this sense is not busyness. Far too often in Western culture, we associate busyness with holiness or relevance. Running from event to happen is not the type of haste I am referring to now. Haste in this sense is turning to our children and husbands in love and rightfully paying them our scrutiny and sacrificing them what they need from us in each time. 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 wearied 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 one another.
There are times when motherhood can seem to be a lonely struggle. This is a reality that far too many moms deter to themselves in a culture where we are largely isolated from one another. 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 more. Mommies need other mummies. Gals are particularly social beasts. We need infinite to discuss what is going on in our lives and with our children. We need other mummies to tell us that a particular behavior is actually ordinary for that age. In our lonelines, we can begin to feel like we are losing our imaginations or that “their childrens” are strange. Children can in fact be quite strange, which is one of the reasons motherhood is such a pleasurable, witty, and depleting escapade. Moms, we are not in competition with one another. 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, idiosyncratic, isolationist culture. You are not alone.
At the Visitation, it is clear how much Mary and Elizabeth find peace, pleasure, and consolation in their convene. 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 rejoices, weeps, conflicts, grief, successes, and failings. We are meant to walk this travel of holiness together. We cannot achieve holiness alone. Human beings are ontologically-by our very nature-social beings. By the gift of the Incarnation we are united in a depth solidarity with Christ as our Head and with one another. We are made to walk the devotee practice together. Friendship and family are extraordinary talents. It’s time we start celebrating this endow of motherhood together, so that we may live in the charm 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 cherishes us with the largest filial passion found in that holy motherhood. Throughout the day, we must foster a garb of calling on her of providing assistance. Motherhood requires huge donation, perseverance, fortitude, temperance, prudence, and every modesty available to us. “Theres something” about motherhood that snips us at the deepest stages. The selfishness we naturally own due to the Fall is constantly rent out of us by our children and our partners. This is a holy process, but a daunt, and at times, overwhelming process. Mary is a mother’s guide. She will not leave us or neglect us. She will always pass us to her Son and help us on the path to holiness. Call on her and trust in her friendship advice, insight, 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 learns us to make haste in our daily lives, so that we may prioritize those things which used to guide our families and result us to holier lifetimes. Mary and Elizabeth reveal to us the superpower of intercourse through the Holy Spirit and show us that we are members of that communion with each other. We are not means to 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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