May 31, 2021 Reflection – God…out of love has sent me to you!
God…out of love has sent me to you! (Our Lady appearing to Mirjana at the Blue Cross! What joy!) May 31, 2021 The Visitation of the Blessed Virgin MaryDear Family of Mary! “Dear children! Today I am looking at you and calling: return to God because He is love and out of love has sent me to you to lead you on the way of conversion…(May 25, 2021) “God… out of love has sent me to you!” God has sent Our Lady to visit us. She comes every day to Medjugorje to be with us, to comfort us, to teach us, to admonish us, to guide us, and to bless us. She is with us to help us stay strong in God in this difficult moment in salvation history. Our visitation is very similar to the first visitation that Mary made, when God sent her to visit Elizabeth, her cousin: And behold, your kinswoman Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month with her who was called barren. For with God nothing will be impossible.” And Mary said, “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord; let it be to me according to your word.” And the angel departed from her. In those days Mary arose and went with haste into the hill country, to a city of Judah, and she entered the house of Zechari’ah and greeted Elizabeth. (Luke 1:36-40) At the moment Mary heard about Elizabeth through the Angel Gabriel, she knew that God wanted her to go to her. God was sending her!! Our Lady went in haste to visit Elizabeth, her cousin, to share her good news and to encourage her in her pregnancy. What joy it was for Elizabeth to greet Our Lady, and the child she was carrying!! When Mary comes to visit, everything changes for the better! Here is the story of that first visitation: And when Elizabeth heard the greeting of Mary, the babe leaped in her womb; and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit and she exclaimed with a loud cry, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb! And why is this granted me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For behold, when the voice of your greeting came to my ears, the babe in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed is she who believed that there would be a fulfilment of what was spoken to her from the Lord.” (Luke 1:41-45) What an explosion of joy! What a moment of prophecy! Elizabeth was shown the salvation that had come through Mary’s yes – Jesus’ Incarnation! She was given that understanding by the Holy Spirit! This was an explosion of grace!! And immediately, Mary sang her incredible song of Thanksgiving, the Magnificat! Her heart could open up to Elizabeth, because Elizabeth now understood what God was doing! Mary was not alone with this miracle but had support from Elizabeth, even as she was a support to Elizabeth!! Isn’t God amazing! Here is Mary’s incredible song of thanksgiving to God, which we sing every day in Evening Prayer: And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden. For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name. And his mercy is on those who fear him from generation to generation. He has shown strength with his arm, he has scattered the proud in the imagination of their hearts, he has put down the mighty from their thrones, and exalted those of low degree; he has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich he has sent empty away. He has helped his servant Israel, in remembrance of his mercy, as he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his posterity for ever.” And Mary remained with her about three months, and returned to her home.(Luke 1:46-56) Let’s sing this song with Our Lady today, because God is still doing all these things in our day! Our Lady is visiting us to help us to see His salvation in our day! He is our Savior, and we are his beloved children. We can only rejoice! In Jesus, Mary and Joseph! Cathy Nolan Mary TV 2021