Thursday, March 10, 2011

The Rosary Mysteries for Lent: The Visitation

The first thing Mary does after consenting to be the Mother of God is to pack her bags to visit her cousin Elizabeth.  Charity is her first concern, and she will be bringing the Son of God out into the world although He is still hidden in her womb.  The first two people to encounter Him are overwhelmed by His presence.  John the Baptist, still in utero, leaps for joy while his mother Elizabeth is filled with the Holy Spirit. She cries out,

"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? 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 that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled." (Luke 1:42-45)

We imitate Mary in The Visitation every time we receive the Eucharist for we are taking Jesus, hidden inside us, out into the world.  During Lent, be aware that you are carrying Jesus to every person you encounter after Mass.  You have many opportunities to overwhelm them with His presence.  Pray for the graces to emulate the Blessed Mother in your words and actions.

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