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The Visitation

Anne Bender discusses the Feast of the Visitation, and the deep bond between the Blessed Virgin Mary and Elizabeth.

Anne Bender

Anne Bender
President of Roses For Our Lady
Parishioner of St. Matthias, Milwaukee

“How can this be, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Luke 1:43

The Feast of the Visitation, celebrated on May 31st, is a perfect example of friendship. Here, two great and holy women share incredible and amazing news. Mary and Elizabeth rush to be together; their human love for one another escapes from their hearts and becomes a united prayer of love and gratitude to God. Recognizing that the holiness, goodness, and joy of their friendship comes from God, they celebrate the miracle of the beginnings of new life welling up within their bodies. Here, life seems inexplicably beautiful.

As Mary and Elizabeth enjoy this moment of close bonding, they know Mary must return home. Beloved friends separated by distance, but not in spirit. Deep inside their wombs and their hearts, lives a love greater than any human friendship, for these women both knew the friendship of God in the person of Jesus.

We, too, have a share in this friendship: a deep and eternal bond with Jesus Christ. We simply have to ask the Blessed Mother to take us by the hand and she will lead us to her Son, who is waiting for us in the Eucharist. Like Elizabeth, we marvel at the readiness of the Blessed Mother to reveal the presence of her Son to us. Just as the infant moved within the womb of Elizabeth at the greeting of Mary, our souls, too, leap with joy as we receive him in holy Communion. 

After receiving his Body and Blood, we can then carry Jesus to others through our loving actions in which we strive to model the simplicity and humility of Mary. 

Through the Blessed Mother, we are forever united with Jesus, who loves us beyond human friendship both now and for eternity.

 

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