Grace to you!
“How beautiful on the mountains are the feet of those who bring good news” (Isaiah 52: 7)
There are moments in our lives we need somebody to bring some refreshing news, somebody to share our joys or sorrows. Sometimes, we can plan those moments. Other times, they come upon us by surprise.
The joy in those moments is, in part, from being with someone we love or admire. Simply being present when it’s needed has a refreshing value.
The misery that loves company is inversely the joy that wants a herald. You don’t think your moments of joy are yours alone, otherwise there wouldn’t be the instinct to invite a friend to your home, to throw a party or to go out with loved ones for dinner.
We need each other, don’t we? Those who respond adequately, at the right time and at the right place, seem to win a unique space in our heart.
The rough, windy and mountainous route from Nazareth to Ein Karem was about Seventy to eighty miles. Those familiar with the route know it’s lonely, quiet and a rough road to travel. Mary, the Mother of Jesus, traveled that road with feet of joy, excitement and service to bring God through the desert to the heart and home of her cousin, Elizabeth.
The feet of Mary were so beautiful on this mountain that generations look back and thank God for the first baptism of the Holy Spirit that took place from the voice, the greeting of Mother Mary to Elizabeth. As Elizabeth testified: “The moment I heard your greetings, the child in my womb leaped for joy” (Luke 1:44).
The harshness of the mountains was lightened by the gentility, the sweetness of the voice of Mary. If there were some uncertainties in the mind of Elizabeth concerning her pregnancy, plus God’s plan, the visit cleared them all.
The second joyful mystery of the rosary, The Visitation, reminds us of the first New Testament human agent of evangelion (Good News).
The first proclamation of the good news of the nativity (birth of the Christ) came through an angel to Mary. The second came through Mary. Mary becomes the first human agent to take the Good News to another. She did so simply by her actions, her service, the uniqueness of her voice, her greetings, and the joy of her presence – witness of life.
Elizabeth’s response, “Who am I that the Mother of my Lord shall come to visit me,” is crucial for us to appreciate the indispensable motherhood role of Mary in our Christian faith as well.
Finally, if we want to learn how best to bring the good news to those on the mountain, those in need of it, then Mary is the first human instrument to learn how to do so.
May Mother Mary, the bearer of the Good News of our salvation, Christ the Lord, pray for us. Amen.
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu.
[Tuesday, May 31, 2016: The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary]
Fr. Maurice Emelu, Ph.D.
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on Scriptural readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.