Wednesday, May 31, 2017

The Visitation

Today we celebrate the Feast of the Visitation.  A day that is all about friendship, love, and service to others. I love this day as it celebrates the love of the cousins Mary and Elizabeth.  Mary goes to visit her cousin and spends about three months with her.  The journey could not have been easy for her as she was pregnant traveling by donkey or walking through the hill country and rocky paths.  It must have been an arduous trip. 

Elizabeth too was pregnant and welcomes her cousin without concern or fuss.  She greets her with great joy, in fact the baby in her womb leaped for joy at Mary’s arrival. Mary and Elizabeth are thrilled to be with one another and share a very special bond.  As they model friendship, love and family for us we are called to do the same.  Perhaps it is as simple as saying “Hello” to those we pass by in the halls.  Let us take time this day to make the extra effort to make others feel welcome and loved.
Pat Schifini, OSU

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