Visit and surprise us, Lord!

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul, Friday, Easter VI
Feast of the Visitation of Mary, 31 May 2019
Zephaniah 3:14-18 >< }}}*> <*{{{ >< Luke 1:39-56
Bronze Statues of Mary visiting Elizabeth at the patio of the Church of Visitation, Ein-Karem, Israel. Photo by author, April 2017.

Like the Blessed Virgin Mary in today’s feast of the Visitation, I rejoice in you O God:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant. From this day all generations will call me blessed: the Almighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.”

Luke 1:46-49

And like her cousin Elizabeth, O Lord, I also wonder:

“And how does this happen to me, that (the mother of) my Lord should come to me?”

Luke 1:43

You always surprise me, O Lord, whenever you would come to visit me and do great things for me that people recognize you in me.

Of course, it feels good, Lord, when people affirm us for doing your work.

Problem is, fear creeps into us the moment we see the great tasks and mission you have for us. That is when we start wondering why visit us, Lord or why choose us, Lord? Then, we look at others, telling you they are better than us in doing your work.

And that is when we walk away from you, or worst, if we remain, we pretend to be doing your work.

Give us the grace of humility like Mary to accept and own our blessedness from you, of being chosen by you for a specific work and mission. Give us the grace to walk and live in the truth of being blessed like Mary to share you, Jesus, with others.

Visit us always, Lord, to surprise us of your great works in us so we may visit others too to share you with them.

Like Mary, let us welcome you in your every visitation to us.

Most of all, like Mary, let us always believe your words would be fulfilled in us, O Lord. Amen.

Church of Visitation at Ein Karem, Israel. Photo by author, April 2017.

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