The Mystery of the Visitation
by Fr. Peter deSousa
Pray to the Holy Spirit to be our Teacher before we read from the
Gospel of Luke 1:39-56.
"Come Holy Spirit and reveal to me what is hidden from the wise and
the learned. Let me be a child, eager to learn and experience, what
you want to teach me about loving and about being Mary to those in
need. Help me to remember that Jesus is dwelling in my heart right
now. Help me through the love, respect and concern I show to those in
need, to share Jesus with them. Let me bring them joy where there is
sadness, peace where there is disturbance, courage where there is
fear, love where there is hatred and hope where there is despair.
Thank you Holy Spirit."
We also are "filled with the Holy Spirit" like Elizabeth, when we
allow the anointing of our Baptism and Confirmation to be alive in us,
to reach out and share Jesus with those in need. All of us know people
who are hurting, sad, lonely or afraid. A small visit, a telephone
call, an email, a letter or card, sharing a power point presentation,
a joke or a good story with them, brightens up their day. I have a
Doctor-friend who heals me nearly everyday through his sharings on the
email. God bless him!!
The child in us leaps for joy when the Spirit of God touches our heart
and we can break forth into spontaneous songs of praise and thanks,
like Mary in her Magnificat. The psalms are so full of joyful praise
and thanks. The imagery of a deer yearning for running streams or a
dry, arid land awaiting the monsoons describes the expectation of
those in pain or on a sick bed who eagerly await a visit from a kind
friend who steps in to cheer them up.
I bring Jesus to sick persons and sing a hymn with them. One of my
favourite hymns is "God is dwelling in my heart" and there is a verse:
"With Jesus in my heart, what have I to fear? For he is the son of
God; in my heart he is near" What a privilege this is. I come back
with a song in my heart or I have met Jesus too in the smile of that
person who is cheered up and grateful for a visit from the "mother of
my Lord". Yes we are called to be Mary to others, in taking Jesus to
A Hindu man who was bed-ridden and very poor, longed for a brief visit
when I was a Seminarian. I spent a moment with him and at his request
placed my hand on his head and said a brief prayer with him for
strength, courage and peace of mind. He told me I was an "avatar" …
one who gave him a God-experience. He looked forward to those brief
Everyday we have many opportunities to make choices as to how we will
use our time and the opportunities that God gives us to be life-giving
to others. Share life, share love, share Jesus. This is the reason
why we are anointed and empowered by the Holy Spirit of God. We are
all called to be Jesus' disciples on mission everyday to those in
need. "When I was hungry, you gave me to eat. When I was sick you
visited me" (Mt 25) We can offer Jesus our hands to be his hands to
touch, heal, embrace. We can offer Jesus our voice to speak a kind,
encouraging, appreciative and comforting word. He has no other hands
but ours. He has no other voice but ours today.
In giving we receive, in loving we are loved, in comforting we are
comforted, in forgiving, we are forgiven, in healing, we are healed.
So remember today will not come back and the people Jesus wants us to
heal are eagerly awaiting our presence and help. It really does not
matter how much we have to offer. A smile, a kind word, a gentle
touch, a warm hug, a patient look, a listening heart are the ways we
can enter into the world of others and let them know that they are
precious in God' sight.
So go in the power of the Spirit and be Mary to others. Share Jesus with them.
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