9. PRO-LIFE PASSAGE “PAR EXCELLENCE!” Both of these women in the modern society could be candidates for abortion. Why? One was very young, Mary; whereas, the other was very old, Elizabeth. However, both had an infinite trust in God’s Divine Providence and gave birth to the greatest: St. John the Baptist and JESUS, THE SON OF GOD! At all times, by our meditation on the mystery of the Visitation, may we be staunch defenders of human life, from the moment of conception until natural death. God is the author and origin of life and only He has the right to take life to Himself!
10. MARY AND ACTIVE SERVICE. Love for God cannot limit itself to words, but must manifest itself in actions, in service, in seeing Jesus truly present in others! Not only did Mary greet Elizabeth, but she also actively served her aged, pregnant cousin in her need! With a little bit of imagination(Ignatian Contemplation), we can picture Mary and accompany her in active service! What might have been some of the activities that Mary would have carried out with joy and love? Travelling to the well to gather water— no running water back then! Sweeping the dust and dirt from the humble home—no vacuum cleaners 2000 years ago! Washing, hanging and drying clothes— no expensive washing machines to quicken the work. Cooking, baking, preparing meals, setting the table, washing the dishes and cleaning the kitchen— No Burger King, Pizza-Hut or KFC available! Nor were there overflowing refrigerators, to be checked and emptied of the waste every week! All of these humble, domestic chores Mary would have carried out with the greatest love and attention to aid her cousin Elizabeth. Remember! Holiness does not depend on the greatness of the act, but in the great love that accompanies every action— even if it appears to be small and insignificant in the eyes of the world. The secret of the sanctity of St. Therese and Mary in the mystery of the Visitation, is to do the ordinary things of daily life with extraordinary love! That is sanctity!
In conclusion, let us contemplate the life, words, gestures, actions of Mary, most holy, especially in the Mystery of the Visitation, and be motivated to transfer our contemplative life into active service of our brothers and sisters, who are really Jesus Christ! “Whatsoever you do to the least of my brothers, that you do unto me.”
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