News

Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary


Today the readings commemorate the Feast of the Visitation of Mary to her cousin, Elizabeth. It is a reminder once again, after the Incarnation, on how down to earth is God’s love for us.

And how does this happen to me that the mother of my Lord should come to me? (Luke 1: 43)

Today the readings commemorate the Feast of the Visitation of Mary to her cousin, Elizabeth. It is a reminder once again, after the Incarnation, on how down to earth is God’s love for us.

Many years ago, a very popular song from the 1946 musical Annie Get Your Gun, written by Irving Berlin, included in its lyrics the phrase: “doin’ what comes natur’lly”. The lyrics jokingly spoke about how the Oakley family and their community live happy lives despite their lack of education and, often, money. Even though, as we all know, life is not so simple, the song holds a clue related to today’s Gospel reading. The mother of Jesus in helping her cousin Elizabeth was “doing what comes naturally.” Her own pregnancy was not an impediment to her availability to serve and be of help in any possible way. This speaks loudly of the mystery of Incarnation, a reality that surpasses any privileges and seeks solidarity with the human condition. Jesus himself has “visited” us by becoming one of us.

As we celebrate the Easter season, let us remember with joy and hope the only privilege we already have, to be witnesses that Jesus came “down to earth” to serve and love.

Rev. Antonio Baus, C.PP.S. (Cincinnati)


Top