Tuesday of the Ninth Week of Ordinary Time
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
As we celebrate the Feast Day of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to her cousin Elizabeth, we celebrate a visit; a blessed visit as Elizabeth proclaims, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the child you will bear! But why am I so favored, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” We celebrate a God moment, a God encounter.
The visit between Mary and Elizabeth is a God encounter, a God moment, but what we do not know is if Mary has ever made this journey before and who might she be traveling with since she is a young teenage girl and she is traveling some 80 to 100 miles. What we do know is Mary has been given great news that she has been chosen to be the Mother of God. Mary travels in haste, that is to say, she traveled with great excitement as you would imagine with the news that she has been given.
Mary also travels as a prophet, she has received a calling, she has responded to that calling, God has told her what he wants her to do, and she goes in haste to her cousin Elizabeth to bring her this good news.
When this God encounter happens more good news happens as the baby in Elizabeth’s womb leaps for joy and Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit. Elizabeth is given the revelation that Mary is already with a child who will be the Savior of the world. The two women proclaim the goodness of God and both of them are filled with joy.
All of us will have plenty of encounters this day, and plenty of opportunities to make these encounters a God moment. We will have the opportunity to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to someone, and the Holy Spirit will be available to lead us to truth. May the Eucharist we share help us to know the encounter Jesus is trying to have with us right now, may our lives be different because of this encounter.