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Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Today’s Mass Readings

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Luke 1:39-45.

Mother Mary’s care for her cousin, Elizabeth, is an example to all of us. Let us pray that we may care for each other as she cared for Elizabeth.

Today is the feast of the Visitation of Mother Mary
to her cousin Elizabeth.

We remember this visit in the Second Joyful Mystery of the Holy Rosary.
Meditating on this event can have a powerful effect
on the love we have for our neighbor.

We remember Mother Mary’s response
to Angel Gabriel’s proposal to be the Mother of God,
“I am the handmade of the Lord. Let it be done to me as you say.”
Mother Mary did not see herself as high and mighty
but as a lowly servant.

Upon hearing of her cousin Elizabeth’s pregnancy,
she immediately left  everything she was doing
and hastened to Elizabeth.

I want you to take note that she did not just pop in
and tell her how nice it was
that she was going to be a mother after all these years.
She stayed for three months.

We have no record of what she did during those three months
but obviously she would be making meals, running errands,
keeping the house, doing the wash,
whatever Elizabeth needed, Mary did.

She was indeed a handmade of the Lord.
She gave us a beautiful example
of what to do when no one is watching.

I’m sure it wasn’t easy all those months
doing everything for Elizabeth.

Like us, there probably were mornings
when she didn’t feel like getting up and facing the day.
However, she loved Elizabeth and was happy for her.

That was enough motivation to keep her going.

Many of the things we do every day
don’t make the papers or the news headlines.

But being faithful to all our duties builds character in us
and that character is Mother Mary’s Son.
He is in us as he was in her
and that is enough reason for any of us
to wake up in the morning
and fulfill the duties of life for our loved ones.

Mother Mary, pray for us now
and at the hour of our death. Amen.

Rick Pilger

Father Pilger, I.C. was born in Canton, Illinois and was ordained at St. John’s Seminary, Wonersh, England in December 1978. He joined the Blessed Sacrament Parish in August 1995, coming here from Sacred Heart Parish in Bradenton Florida.

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