The Gift of Presence

December 21, 2020 – Sixth Day of Misa de Aguinaldo

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“What an honor this is, that the mother of my Lord shall visit me?” (Lk. 1: 43, LAB)

Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth provides a positive energy of affirmation and encouragement for the both of them. Affirmation, because both Mary and Elizabeth witnessed God’s promise came to fruition. Encouragement, because they needed each other who both experienced God’s marvelous works in human faculties which only the two of them could understand.

Mary’s presence during this time of Elizabeth’s life is Mary’s way of sharing the joy of Elizabeth and her gesture of support to her pregnant relative. For the Lord removed the bitter experience of Elizabeth and heal her from the pain of disgrace. Thus, her presence showed that she is with Elizabeth and committed to accompany her in this journey.

However, God used this encounter between these two blessed women as a privilege locus to highlight the special role of Mary in the economy of salvation. And Elizabeth recognized that, saying: “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”

Thus, the Church, the Christian faithful, continues to honor Mary with utmost gratitude for saying “Yes” to the will of God, for which we benefited from. For through her, God commenced his plan of renewing the face of the earth and gathering us all into his Kingdom.

See, what difference presence can do to others! And so, what about calling a family member or a relative or a friend? What about letting them know that you care about them, and that they can count on you? The time is now! Seize it!

Gibo Dandoy, CSsR


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