Our Lady is with us!
May 31, 2013
The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Dear Family of Mary!
“Dear children! Today I call you to be strong and resolute in faith and prayer, until your prayers are so strong so as to open the Heart of my beloved Son Jesus. Pray little children, pray without ceasing until your heart opens to God’s love. I am with you and I intercede for all of you and I pray for your conversion. Thank you for having responded to my call.” (May 25, 2013)
Our Lady tells us, “I am with you and I intercede for all of you and I pray for your conversion.” She often tells us that she is with us. It may seem inconsequential. She says it so often. But I think we need to stop and think about her statement more carefully. “I am with you…” Especially on this beautiful feast day, The Visitation.
“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.” (Luke 1:39-40)
St. Luke tells us that Our Lady set out. She made a decision when she heard about the pregnancy of Elizabeth, her cousin. She decided she needed to make the trip to visit her. It was a long trip. She was poor, and had to make her way by foot, probably. But she went in haste, because she wanted to help Elizabeth, who was older and pregnant for the first time. Our Lady went to help.
Our Lady now visits us. She makes the decision to come to us and to help us. We need her help, because we are all weak, suffering, confused, wounded, and at risk in this world. She comes to us in haste, whenever we call for her help. She comes to help us.
“When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:41-43)
At Mary’s coming, Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit! She recognized Mary as the mother of the Messiah. And her son, John, was filled with the Spirit as well. When Our Lady comes to us, she brings the Holy Spirit to us. She is always accompanied by the Holy Spirit, because she is united to Him so closely. We can be filled with the Spirit at Mary’s coming to us, if we open our hearts to Him. If Our Lady is with us, the Holy Spirit is with us too!
It seems that we should be as surprised at Mary’s coming as Elizabeth was. “And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” We deserve to have Mary visit us much less than Elizabeth did. They were cousins, and the Angel Gabriel had told Our Lady about Elizabeth’s pregnancy. Good reasons for coming. But we, well we are undeserving sinners who do not merit such a visit. But Our Lady comes because she loves us. She comes to draw us close to herself, to comfort us, to pray for us and to intercede for our conversion. She comes to rescue us in these days.
“And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” Whenever we hear Our Lady say that she is with us, this exclamation should flow from our lips. How can it be??? How can Mary, the Mother of Jesus, come to me?? Incredible!
And Our Lady replies every time with these incredible words:
And Mary said:
“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.
From this day all generations will call me blessed:
the Almighty has done great things for me,
and holy is his Name.
He has mercy on those who fear him
in every generation.
He has shown the strength of his arm,
he has scattered the proud in their conceit.
He has cast down the mighty from their thrones,
and has lifted up the lowly.
He has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent away empty.
He has come to the help of his servant Israel
for he has remembered his promise of mercy,
the promise he made to our fathers,
to Abraham and his children for ever.” (Luke 1: 46-55)
Our Lady came to Elizabeth because she was sent by God. He chose her and favored her with His love. He sent her to help Him give His mercy to those who fear him, to lift up the lowly, feed the hungry, and help His people according to His promises. He sent her to Elizabeth, and He sends her to us, to raise us up, heal us, and show us the way. She comes to bring us Jesus, as she brought Jesus to Elizabeth and John, and to fill us with the Holy Spirit. She comes because she love us.
On this Visitation Day, we thank you, Mother Mary, for coming to us. Stay with us. Never leave us. We love you.
In Jesus, Mary and Joseph!
©Mary TV 2013
PS. We will stream the apparition to Mirjana, live from Medjugorje on June 2, 2013. Streaming will begin at 8:00 am (2:00 am EDT) and the apparition will happen around 8:45 am (2:45 am EDT). May the graces of this Visitation of Our Lady be a moment of joy for all of us!
“Medjugorje is the spiritual center of the world!”