mod_vvisit_counterHôm Nay2754
mod_vvisit_counterHôm Qua4203
mod_vvisit_counterTuần Này20938
mod_vvisit_counterTuần Trước23895
mod_vvisit_counterTháng Này14517
mod_vvisit_counterTháng Trước142348
mod_vvisit_counterTất cả16646657


Vì lỗi kỹ thuật nên số lượng người truy cập sẽ được đếm lại từ tháng 3 ngày 25 năm 2014 và bắt đầu từ con số 1.581.247 (số người truy cập cũ)


One Bread, One Body

Pentecost Novena-Day 1

Zephaniah 3:14-18 or
Romans 12:9-16
View Readings Isaiah 12:2-6 Luke 1:39-56
Similar Reflections


"Be not discouraged!" —Zephaniah 3:16

Recently, I was hospitalized for a short time. No one knew I was in the hospital, as I had no time to call people to pass the word. Naturally, I had no visitors during that brief stay. I could easily relate to Elizabeth's experience on the day that Mary visited her. Elizabeth had gone into seclusion for five months (Lk 1:24), implying that she had no visitors in that interval. She couldn't have expected Mary to visit, since to her knowledge Mary was not aware she was pregnant. God directly informed Mary of Elizabeth's pregnancy, and put it in Mary's heart to visit her (Lk 1:39ff).

This means that the feast of the Visitation of Mary is a great sign of hope. When we need a visitor, let us ask God to send Mary to us, even if no one else is aware that we need encouragement (see Zep 3:16). When we seclude ourselves from others, Mary is not subject to our visiting restrictions. She is favored by God (Lk 1:30) with inside information on our condition. She has a motherly heart for us that loves its way into our life. She can't stop from being concerned about her discouraged, suffering child.

Is there any way to keep a mother from visiting her beloved child? No, we can't keep Mary out of our lives. She loves us too much. Our decision is whether or not to welcome her. Mary was rejected by the innkeepers in Bethlehem (Lk 2:7), and is still rejected by some Christians today. "Open wide your hearts" (2 Cor 6:13) to the mother of Jesus. Let Mary visit and love you.

Prayer: Jesus, may I love and welcome Mary as You do.
Promise: "You have no further misfortune to fear." —Zep 3:15
Praise: The Blessed Virgin Mary did not keep the Good News to herself but shared her Son with her cousin and us. This act of kindness helped release the power of the Holy Spirit into the world.


<< Start < Prev 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Next > End >>

Page 10 of 150