Reading and meditation on the Word of God, Friday of the 6th week of Easter, May 31, 2019; the feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary the her cousin Elisabeth. Zephanya 3, 14-18a; Luke 1, 39-56. Voice: Peter sdb (Gospel) and Maria Fe FMA (meditation)
The theme of our meditation today is: Sisterhood Visit. Whatever type or form of a brotherly or sisterly visit, can we say that the parties who meet are so filled with positive atmosphere and energy. People who meet just to find out faults in others, create conflict and even escalate violence toward others, it is not a brotherhood or sisterhood meeting.
We always believe that a sisterhood or brotherhood visit will benefit the meeting itself and unity of sisters or brothers. The meeting of siblings really result in strengthening their bonding and mutual love. There is no way to replace one’s own sister or brother. Those who are not siblings, the meaning and values of sisterhood or brotherhood visit also show how one party needs the the other.
The holy scriptures have a lot of events on the meeting of persons. One of those meetings is what we celebrate today as a feast: the visit of the Virgin Mary to her her sister Elisabeth. We know that every visit of a sister or brother has good and noble purposes. In that encounter the spirit of sisterhood or brotherhood binds them strongly. Blood relationship and solidarity or love between them become spiritual wealth that sustain their unity.
Today, the visit of the Virgin Mary to her sister Elisabeth presents us a higher meaning of meeting than simply an encounter between sisters. If a meeting of sisters or brothers can produce goodness and mutuality between them, in the meeting of Virgin Mary and Elisabeth, its significance rises to the fullness of grace in which the power of the almighty God intervened extraordinarily. This is the level of holiness.
At this level the Holy Spirit works and moves all human activities. Elisabeth who first obtained the result of the work of the Holy Spirit, rejoiced to welcome her sister Mary who was filled with the Holy Spirit to become the Mother of God, whose motherly womb conceived the Son of God. This sisterhood of Mary and Elisabeth gives us inspiration that our sisterly or brotherly relationships need to be empowered by the Holy Spirit. This is the true sign of our being followers of Christ.
The Holy Spirit animates our visit or encounter when we involve in the sacred activities such as personal renewal, repentance, works of mercy, forgiveness, consolation for the sufferings, assistance for the needy, cooperation of parties to face together calamities, and unity of faith to glorify and praise the Lord. We need to always invoke the Holy Spirit to take part in every visit of ours as brothers and sisters.
Let’s pray. In the name of the Father … O Lord Jesus Christ, bless us to always obey the guidance of your Holy Spirit. Glory … In the name …