Monday, May 31 st, is the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lord. It is a feast day that proceeds us into a deeper ardour of Our Lord and Our Heavenly Mother. It is too through the Visitation that mothers can enter more seriously into the joy of their vocation, as well as the exhilaration of ministering to one another on the journeying. After the Annunciation and Mary’s fiat to God’s plan of recovery, she proceeds “in haste” to her cousin Elizabeth.
During those daylights Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and saluted 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 voice and said, “Most sanctified 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 bang of your greeting contacted my ears, the newborn in my womb leaped for euphorium. Ordained 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 charm and the promise of salvation. Two girls sharing the great gift of motherhood. One endures the son 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 work together in a deep communion. The encounter between these two women invites us to be drawn closer to God by the gift of not only their proclamation, but their pious kindnes for each other. Their womanhood and motherhood is an example for all, but mothers can learn quite a bit through the Visitation.
Mary advances in haste.
Mary is primarily silent in Sacred Scripture, but she is clearly shown to be a woman of mission and determination. She continues in haste. She understands the urgency of God’s working in the world. Once she abides God’s invitation to bear the Savior of the world, she speedily inspects her cousin Elizabeth. Mary’s example is an important one for babies. We are surrounded by things in need of our tending. Children and partners are forever emulating for our scrutiny. At occasions, 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 office as mothers is holy wreak. 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 accompany busyness with holiness or relevance. Running from event to event is not the type of haste I refer here to now. Haste in this sense is turning to our children and partners in love and indeed committing them our courtesy and generating them what they need from us in each instant. It is a constant choice to be present and to go about living our occupation 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 acknowledgment 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 continue 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 attest to personally-but I suspect mothers who work struggle with this loneliness at times too. Mommas need other mommies. Girls are particularly social humen. We need gap to discuss what is going on in our lives and with our children. We need other mommas to tell us that a particular behavior is actually regular for that age. In our quarantine, we can begin to feel like we are losing our knowledge or that our children are strange. Children can in fact be quite strange, which is one of the reasons motherhood is such a joyful, charming, and depleting 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 one another. That loneliness you feel is because this need is not being met in our fast-paced, individualist, isolationist culture. You are not alone.
At the Visitation, it is clear how much Mary and Elizabeth find peace, hilarity, and convenience in their find. 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, sorrows, struggles, grief, success, and omissions. We are meant to walk this journeying of holiness together. We cannot achieve holiness alone. Human beings are ontologically-by our very nature-social mortals. By the talent of the Incarnation we are united in a penetrating solidarity with Christ as our Head and with one another. We are made to walk the devotee lane together. Friendship and family are awesome offerings. It’s time we start celebrating this talent of motherhood together, so that we may live in the exhilaration 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 affection us with the largest filial compassion found in that holy motherhood. Throughout the working day, we must foster a garb of announcing on her of providing assistance. Motherhood requires enormous benevolence, composure, fortitude, temperance, prudence, and every virtue available to us. There is something about motherhood that prunes us at the deepest status. The selfishness we naturally own due to the Fall is constantly ripped out of us by our children and our husbands. This is a holy process, but a dishearten, and at times, overtaking process. Mary is a mother’s guide. She will not leave us or miscarry us. She will ever result us to her Son and help us on the path to holiness. Call on her and trust in her caring lead, wisdom, 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 coachs us to make haste in our daily lives, so that we may prioritize those things which used to guide our families and produce us to holier livings. Mary and Elizabeth reveal to us the capability of denomination through the Holy spirit and show us that we are members of that intercourse with one another. We are not means to islands tackling the great task of growing saints alone. We are meant to walk towards our Heavenly home together. Mary, Our Mother, ora pro nobis.
image: The Visitation of Blessed virgin to Elizabeth by Frans Francken( Antwerp Church)/ Renata Sedmakova/ Shutterstock.com
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