Thursday, June 01, 2006Feast of the Visitation
Happy Feast of the Visitation!!
Yesterday I was unaware of the fact that it was this feast day, so this is a LATE "happy feast day" post.
We'd like to share a few thoughts on this special Marian feast.
This feast day epitomizes the selflessness of Mary in her desire to go to her cousin during her own pregnancy. So many of us when pregnant feel the need to "pamper" ourselves with luxuries, special indulgences and cravings...But in Mary we see a self-gift of love, an epitome of charity. Today the priest at my parish reminded us that Mary's journey to her cousin was not an hour's trip. She did not just decide to go see her cousin and hop in a car. Rather, she spent days, perhaps weeks, getting there. Being pregnant, she took the long journey to go to her cousin Elizabeth.
Seeing a woman who is with child is special as it is...but being with child yourself, and seeing another woman carrying her own child, is another. -I cannot imagine how much more glorious and mysterious it must have been for Mary and Elizabeth!
My prayer is that we will all learn from the example of these two women and that our spirit will "rejoice in God my Savior"! (Luke 1:46-56)
For today, Happy feast of St. Justin, martyr!
~Sia writes from Vancouver, WA