May 31, 2019 – Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Zep 3:14-18a; Lk 1:39-56
A surprise visit from a friend or a family member, whom we have not met for a long time, would always bring joy. I remember when my maternal grandparents were still alive; sometimes we would pay a visit to them unexpectedly. I would always treasure the happiness that our visit brings to them. That small gesture would always create smiles and warm hospitality to people who are dear to us.
In today’s feast, Luke told us of the story of Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth. This seemingly ordinary visit of a cousin reveals to us the wonder of one’s presence being gifted to another.
Mary who welcomed and received God in her life is also filled with God. This fullness of God in Mary made her more aware of the needs of others. Thus, Mary knew that her cousin needed her presence and assistance as Elizabeth was carrying a child in her old age. This visit of Mary was out of generosity and joy.
When Elizabeth heard the voice of Mary, Elizabeth was filled with joy, which also made the child in her womb to leap for joy. The very presence of Mary brought comfort and joy to Elizabeth and to her baby. The reason for this was, Mary brought the Lord closer to Elizabeth.
The fullness of God in Mary was shared to Elizabeth. Thus, the words of Elizabeth also expressed this fullness, “blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” Through the presence of Mary, Elizabeth and her baby in the womb felt that God has visited them.
Each of us too has that capacity to bring God’s presence to others. On this feast of the Visitation, we are called that through us, others will feel God’s presence. We do not have to do big and great things but simple actions and words to people who need our assistance and help, and our presence and person. A generous action and word to a person next to us would also be enough to let the person feel that God is present.
Indeed, the Book of the Prophet Zephaniah tells us also that the “Lord is in our midst.” Truly, God is in our midst and we will be able to make that presence felt when we also make ourselves open and welcoming of God’s visit in us.
Let God and allow him then, to visit us today. And may God’s visit fill our hearts with his presence and love so that we too shall be able to bring that fullness to others. We may make an effort to make ourselves aware of the many needs of the people around us. This will hopefully touch us also to do visits in concrete ways to people, friends or family members, who were not visited for a long time. Hinaut pa.
Jom Baring, CSsR