May 31, 2013

The Gospel Today

Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Lk 1: 39-56

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.
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?
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.”

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.”

Mary remained with her about three months
and then returned to her home

Reflection (Sem. Jake J. Rovillos)

In today’s Gospel, Mary visited Elizabeth, her cousin on her sixth month pregnancy to St. John, the Baptist and she stayed there for three months. Traditionally, a relative would come to help an expectant mother to attend to her needs. Despite that Mary is also pregnant at that time; she unselfishly took care of Elizabeth.

Upon reading the gospel, I was moved by the humility of Mary is. Her relatives including Elizabeth knew that she was so blessed for she was chosen to be the mother of Jesus. She never treated herself special who needed special attention or recognition. To be chosen as the Mother of God is such a great honor, no prestigious beauty contest can compare to it. It is more than winning Ms. Universe. Winner of such beauty title entitles her an honor, a special treatment wherever she may go. But Mary, the most blessed woman never honored at that time because she chose to. Angel Gabriel greeted her with great affirmation but still she bowed down and worshipped God. Her magnificat describes her unceasing love to God. Mary displays a good example of humility during her time until our present time.

The gospel is inviting us to re-examine ourselves where we are in terms of this virtue of humility. Why is it that we find it difficult to humble ourselves? We are always eaten up by our pride. We always think that we are special, or deserves recognition. One reason why we can’t practice the humility is that we have a misconception of what humility really means. For others humility is an indication of cowardly. And we can’t admit that weakness, we always pretend that we are strong, intelligent, and great. We tend to forget that everything we have come from God. We sometimes failed to recognize where all these gifts come from. Some physicians claim that without their expertise, the patient will never be well. Without a teacher; we cannot have intelligent student. We failed to recognize that God is the sole source of all these good things. If there is someone that we can be proud of, it is He’s the Lord and met us.

 

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