I often reflect upon Mary's visitation to Elizabeth (Luke 1:39-56). I think about the fact that the original scene probably attracted little attention from observers. Two women, two relatives, greeted one another. It was something that happened all the time.
No one watching would have shouted out: "Quick! Come see! Here's a scene that will be written about in the Bible!"
Mary visited Elizabeth because both had first BEEN Visited - Mary in a totally unique way, of course. She came to Elizabeth carrying God Himself within her.
What particularly strikes me is that while I do not carry Jesus in the same way Mary did, I can indeed carry Him in my heart.
“Perhaps you yourselves do not realize that Christ Jesus is in you..” (2 Corinthians 13:5)
"We may well tremble to think what sanctuaries we are, when the Blessed Sacrament is within us." (Frederick William Faber)
Imagine. The Lord of the universe within us, within me. Imagine.
And I have the opportunity to "carry Him" to everyone I meet.
What might happen if I make a conscious effort to go through today "on visitation?"
What if I first visit the Lord in prayer, and then specifically visit every person I encounter with the love of Christ? This does not mean I have to say or do anything that will draw attention. It may mean that I pray a silent aspiration for the letter-carrier, smile at a harried store clerk, relate to family members with patience. I might write a note of encouragement, call a lonely relative.
My visitations will be simple and unnoticed.
But as I carry the love of Christ to those around me, I have a feeling that all of heaven will rejoice.
Portions of the above were previously posted on The Cloistered Heart blog in 2012.
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