Hello everybody. As you all know, I am carrying on the tradition of the Saturday devotion to the Blessed Mother, by posting a prayer or some other reflection in her honor. Today, I am going to do something that I have never done before on a Saturday – post a reflection. I am neither St. John Chrysostom nor Archbishop Fulton Sheen so please bear with me on my first try.
Reflection on the Love and Service.
Love is exemplified in service. Love, the Second Person of the Blessed Trinity, is the Being and “inspiration;” It’s manifestation is the action of service.
On the part of Love [Christ], we see a perfect example in the Incarnation. He humbly put Himself to the service of His lowly creatures. By becoming one of us – by dying as one of and for all of His creatures – Love saved us from our sin and hate.
On the Part of the Virgin Mary [the most exemplary of Love’s creatures], we see a perfect example in the Visitation. Mary – now carrying Love Himself, through the Incarnation – immediately leaves her home to go and serve her cousin, Elizabeth. Mary is carrying the Son of God – He who has come to serve us and die for us. Mary is propelled by Love to throw herself into the service of Elizabeth, just as Christ will throw Himself into the service of us, His creatures.
Despite the roughness of the journey, despite the morning sickness, despite the fear and uncertainty, Mary does not shrink from her calling. Though she is carrying the Son of God, she still sweeps the floors, dusts the cobwebs, and shovels the manure. She brings Love to Elizabeth, through her service.
Today, let us strive to bring Love to the world, by our service to those whom He puts in our way today.
Thank you and don’t forget to offer little acts of love to our Blessed Mother on her special day.