Saturday 31st May – Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Reflection: Luke 1: 39-56
AN EXAMPLE OF HUMILITY
We all are familiar with the Feast we celebrate today – the Visitation of our Blessed Mother to her cousin, Elizabeth. It is a story we reflect on each time we pray the joyful mysteries of the Rosary. What can we possibly learn from this visitation and the wonderful exchange that took place between these two righteous women?
Our Blessed Mother gives us an example of humility. She had just been informed of the great plan God had in mind – to become man through her! What a great privilege. However the moment she was told that her cousin who had been barren was with child, she forgot herself completely and went off to stay with Elizabeth to rejoice with her and be of help to her. She did not think herself too important to offer the necessary help her elderly cousin would need. Moreso, she did so without being asked.
Beloved, sometimes, we find ourselves in places of honour because of some gifts and talents God has given to us. As young people, we can easily be tempted to think of ourselves as “important” and start to look down on others, much less, attend to their needs. Let us imitate our Blessed Mother, who, rather than glorifying herself, turned to God in thanksgiving and sought to help her cousin in her time of need. Remember, God resists the proud but gives grace to the humble. (James 4:6).
Prayer: Loving Father, thank You for the great plans You have in store for me. Please help me to recive your blessings in humility always. Amen.
KNOW YOUR FAITH: CCC 501 – Jesus is Mary’s only son, but her spiritual motherhood extends to all men whom indeed he came to save: “The Son whom she brought forth is he whom God placed as the first-born among many brethren, that is, the faithful in whose generation and formulation she cooperates with a mother’s love.”
HIDE A TREASURE: “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble” James 4:6 RSV-CE
Readings for today: Zephaniah 3: 14-18; Isaiah 12; Luke 1: 39-56