HOMILY FOR THE FEAST OF THE VISITATION OF THE BLESSED VIRGIN MARY.
THEME: The Almighty God has done great things for me, Holy is His name.
BY: Rev Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA.
*READINGS OF THE DAY*
Good morning dear brethrens, today we celebrate in a special way, The Feast of The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary.
*FROM OUR FIRST READING*
In our first reading today, the prophet Zephaniah was conveying the great joy that the people of God ought to experience because of everything that the Lord had shown them, in the faithfulness and steadfastness that He had shown towards His Covenant with all of His beloved people, and in many other things that He has done for us. And most importantly, as mentioned, through Mary and Elizabeth, the light of God’s salvation and Good News was finally revealed to us, through our Lord and Saviour Himself, and through His Herald, St. John the Baptist.
*FROM OUR GOSPEL READING*
The gospel reading depicts Mary setting out from Nazareth in Galilee into the hill country of Judah to visit her cousin Elizabeth. She set out in response to the message of the angel Gabriel that Elizabeth was six months pregnant. Even though she herself was with child, Mary set out on a journey of love to give support to her older cousin. Mary brought herself to Elizabeth but she also brought Jesus, the Lord, whom she was carrying in her womb. Mary graced Elizabeth by her journey. As a result of Mary’s visit, we are told that Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
The story of Gabriel’s visit to Mary and Mary’s visit to Elizabeth reveals an important truth about our own lives as the Lord’s disciples. The Lord visits each of us, as he visited Mary and Elizabeth. He comes into our lives in different ways, sometimes in very ordinary ways, such as through the visit of a friend, at other times in more mystical ways, such as during a time of prayer. We are called to receive the Lord’s visit with the same openness and humility that Mary and Elizabeth showed. Having received the Lord’s visit, we are then called to bring the Lord to others, as Mary brought the Lord to Elizabeth. The Lord who visits us always wishes to visit others through us.
Your Word is indeed my Strength Oh Lord our God. May You All Have a Blessed New Week.
*Happy Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary to Elizabeth.*
Rev Fr Deotacious Chikontwe SMA.
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