Tomorrow, Thursday, May 31, marks the Feast of the Visitation. In the gospel we hear: “Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth.” (LK 1:39-40)Mary, pregnant with Jesus, journeys to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who carries John the Baptist within her. The women embrace and recognize the gift of God’s Spirit in their midst. We can hear it in the dialogue they exchange. Elizabeth exclaims: “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.” Mary prays: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.” (Lk 1:46-47) The powerful winds of Pentecost resonate throughout the passage. This is a moment of transformation. What does this mean for us? We are like Mary, God dwells within each of us as well and we too are commissioned to carry God’s Spirit to one another with joyous hospitality! Summer vacations are beginning and they are often a time to welcome visitors or to travel, like Mary, to visit loved ones. During this season, can we carry the missionary spirit of the visitation with us by embracing each person as a gift of God’s presence in our lives? As you look at the image above, notice the windsock behind the women – a symbol of the winds of Pentecost. I invite you to hang a windsock, fly a kite or hang a windchime tomorrow as a visual and audible reminder of the Holy Spirit’s presence in our lives. Create a sacramental sign – make visible the often invisible!I plan to go kite flying with my children as an opportunity to break open the meaning of the Feast of the Visitation with them tomorrow. I would love to hear your “visitation” experiences, in words or pictures in the coming days here on this blog.
For more from the artist of this amazing image of Visitation go to: http://blueeyedennis-siempre.blogspot.com/2011/01/michael-oneill-mcgrath-great-artist.html