Today is the Feast of the Visitation that commemorates the Virgin Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth when May was pregnant with Jesus and when Elizabeth was pregnant with John the Baptist, which was a truly joyful and unique event. We see Mary responding to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to set out on a mission of charity. She shows us what it means to love our neighbor and that we aren’t meant to go it alone.
Mary has been a great mentor for me in my spiritual journey. I am constantly seeing God’s humanity through her eyes and heart which challenges me to surrender to God’s divine plan. God turned Mary’s world upside down and what did she do? She rushed off with speed and purpose to her cousin, Elizabeth. Mary was excited because she had found her mission and her role in God’s divine plan.
Am I living my mission or am I too concerned about worldly things and being self-made? If so, I am front and center in the ego drama, or the story I am writing, producing, directing, and starring in. Freedom of choice reigns supreme and I get to choose who I want to be. If I hear God’s whisper, too often my first reaction is one of selfishness: “I don’t feel like it,” “I’ll do it later,” “Can’t someone else take care of it?” The theo drama is the great story being told by God. It is the divine plan. Mary shows me how instinctual it can be to serve, with humility and how thrilling it is to discover my role in the divine plan.
Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.Luke 1:45
Lord, thank You for gently loving me into living my mission.