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Lessons on Motherhood from the Visitation

Lessons on Motherhood from the VisitationLessons on Motherhood from the Visitation

Monday, May 31 st, is the Feast of the Visitation of Our Lord. It is a feast day that selects us into a deeper ardour of Our Lord and Our Heavenly Mother. It is too through the Visitation that mothers can enter more profoundly into the joy of their job, as well as the joyfulnes of ministering to one another on the pilgrimage. After the Annunciation and Mary’s fiat to God’s plan of recovery, she follows “in haste” to her cousin Elizabeth.

During those daytimes Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a city of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the babe leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a raucou utter and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and anointed are the result of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me. For at the moment the audio of your accost contacted my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for delight. Anointed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.”

Luke 1:39 -4 5

There is much to be gleaned from this beautiful passage. It is the coming together of two women, united by exhilaration and the promise of recovery. Two gals sharing the great gift of motherhood. One stands the lad who will pave the way for the coming of the Lord and the other is the New Eve whose lad will take away the guilts of the world. They react each other as kinswomen work together in a depth intercourse. The meeting between these two women invites us to be drawn closer to God by the gift of not only their pronouncement, but their pious adore for each other. Their womanhood and motherhood is demonstrated for all, but mothers can learn quite a bit through the Visitation.

Mary starts in haste.

Mary is primarily silent in Sacred Scripture, but she is clearly shown to be a woman of assignment and purpose. She proceeds in haste. She understands the urgency of God’s working in the world. Once she professes God’s invitation to bear the Savior of the world, she speedily sees her cousin Elizabeth. Mary’s example is an important one for babies. We are surrounded by things in need of our attending. Children and husbands are always emulating for our tending. At periods, we can be drawn into distractions in our daily lives to the detriment of our families. We must learn to mark when haste is needed.

Mary reminds us that our labor as fathers is holy drudgery. The elevate and bring up of children with the purpose of resulting them to Heaven is intense work. Haste in this sense is not busyness. All too often in Western culture, we accompany busyness with holiness or relevance. Running from event to happen is not the type of haste I am referring to here. Haste in this sense is turning to our children and spouses in love and genuinely rendering them our scrutiny and opening them what they need from us in each time. It is a constant choice to be present and to go about living our occupation with holy vigor. That does not mean we will not find ourselves spent at times, or even often. This is precisely why we need prayer and frequent celebration of the Sacraments to remain properly balanced in our spiritual lives.

Mothers are meant to minister joyfully to each other.

There are times when motherhood can seem to be a lonely struggle. This is a reality that far too many mamas deter to themselves in a culture where we are largely isolated from each other. This is especially true for stay-at-home moms-which I can was demonstrated by personally-but I believe mothers who work struggle with this loneliness at times very. Mamas need other mommas. Maids are particularly social individuals. We need opening to discuss what is going on in our lives and with our children. We need other mummies to tell us that a particular behavior is actually normal for that age. In our seclusion, we can begin to feel like we are losing our imaginations or that our children are strange. Children can in fact be quite strange, which is one of the reasons motherhood is such a delightful, humorous, and wearying undertaking. Moms, we are not in competition with each other. We are joyfully united to the Mystical Body of Christ and we are meant to live in communion with one another. That loneliness you feel is because this need is not being met in our fast-paced, individualistic, isolationist civilization. You are not alone.

At the Visitation, it is clear how much Mary and Elizabeth find peace, exhilaration, and convenience in their engagement. They are united by the power of the Holy Spirit. We too are united by the Holy Spirit. Mothers are meant to share in one another’s joys, weeps, strifes, grief, achievers, and omissions. We are meant to walk this journey of holiness together. We cannot achieve holiness alone. Human beings are ontologically-by our very nature-social mortals. By the gift of the Incarnation we are united in a penetrating solidarity with Christ as our Head and with one another. We are made to walk the wanderer highway together. Friendship and family are prodigious offerings. It’s time we start celebrating this gift of motherhood together, so that we may live in the exuberance of Christ united to one another.

Mary comes to each one of us.

As Mary went to her cousin Elizabeth, so too does she come to each one of us. She is our Heavenly Mother and she affection us with the largest filial passion found in that holy motherhood. Throughout the working day, we must foster a habit of announcing on her of providing assistance. Motherhood requires great benevolence, perseverance, fortitude, temperance, prudence, and every virtue available to us. There is something about motherhood that snips us at the deepest stages. The selfishness we naturally possess due to the Fall is constantly rent out of us by our children and our spouses. This is a holy process, but a daunt, and at times, overwhelming process. Mary is a mother’s guide. She will not leave us or miscarry us. She will always precede us to her Son and help us on the path to holiness. Call on her and trust in her kindnes lead, sense, and example.

The Feast of the Visitation is a wonderful opportunity to draw deeper into the vocation of wife and mother. This is the path God has given to us in order to draw us into conformation with Him. Mary teaches us to make haste in our daily lives, so that we may prioritize those things which used to guide our families and contribute us to holier livings. Mary and Elizabeth reveal to us the supremacy of communication through the Holy Spirit and show us that we are members of that denomination with each other. We are not means to islands tackling the great task of promoting saints alone. We are meant to walk towards our Heavenly home together. Mary, Our Mother, ora pro nobis.

image: The Visitation of Virgin mary to Elizabeth by Frans Francken( Antwerp Church)/ Renata Sedmakova/ Shutterstock.com

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