Reflections - December 20, 2015

“Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth…”.  Lk. 1:39.
Mediating on this Gospel on Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth, I will reflect on two attitudes that occurs when God visits us or we have an experience of God.
The first attitude is to remain as spectators, as “passive” instruments.  It is sometimes easier to “admire what God has done”, than to experiment and act forgetting the “Christian praxis”.
The second attitude is that of Mary, the mother of Christ.  She received “the announcement that she will conceive the Son of God by the power of the Holy
Spirit, she accepts the plan of God, and sets off” because she has the spirit of her Son, “the beloved of the Father”.  Mary is filled with the Holy Spirit who calls her to serve, to give life, to defy the mishaps of inhospitable routes, and to leave the comfort of her house carrying in her womb the Divine Life to her cousin Elizabeth.  The loving “yes” of Mary commits us.
When we love we are possessed by another and we no longer belong to just ourselves.  It is the Holy Spirit who dwells in our hearts and directs our lives and makes us search for the satisfaction of the other, whether family or friend, and makes them our partner.  We then worry about their material and spiritual problems.  It is not an exclusive love, but it is open to “bear much fruit”.
In this Year of Mercy, we can learn from Mary:
Through the prayer of the Rosary, which is her relationship of love with the Lord.  The Virgin is a teacher of spiritual life and prayer.  Through Mary we learn to know the loving heart of God, His life, His wisdom, His tenderness to all, especially for those most in need.  Mary was not “complicated”.  She quickly discovered whom she needed to serve; in this case it was Elizabeth her cousin who was elderly and in need and carried in her womb the last prophet of the Old Testament.  Mary carried in her womb the joyful news of Love made Man, Jesus, a sign of the New Covenant of God with the whole of humanity.
In this gesture of love, Elizabeth discovered through Mary the presence of a God who consoles and serves.  “For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy.  Blessed are you who believed…….”.  Lk. 1:45.
Hoping that the Communion of the Body of Christ will inspire us, like Mary” to set off” to bring the Good News of salvation to the most needy in our family and community.