“Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold onto what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor. Do not grow slack in zeal, be fervent in spirit, and serve the Lord.” What perfect words taken from Saint Paul’s letter to the Romans to begin our reflection this morning on the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Today is the day we commemorate Mary’s visitation to her cousin Elizabeth. Mary journeyed to see her out of love and respect for her cousin. We could picture that Mary’s journey wasn’t necessarily an easy one. For starters, she was pregnant and secondly she was probably traveling by way of a camel. Unlike today were we can travel by car with air-conditioning, she had to make a sacrifice. Mary showed her cousin Elizabeth respect by going out to assist and spend time with her. Today is about hospitality and service. In a nation today we also remember those who served to protect our country. We pray for those who are currently serving our country in various parts of the world. And today we especially remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives to protect our nation. As our Blessed Mother reached out to her cousin Elizabeth may we strive to reach out to others with that same sincere love that was demonstrated perfectly to us this morning!
(Just a word of thanks to all those who have served our great nation over the many years! Thank you for the sacrifice you made and for those currently serving our nation thank you for the sacrifice you are making today to serve and protect our country. Your service to our country is truly appreciated and please know all of you are in our prayers!!!)