The Visitation of Mary
Mary Mother Of Jesus
"And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted Elizabeth."
On Visitation of Mary, the most touching example of "love thy neighbor" Matthew 19:19 is the Bible account of Mary visiting her cousin Elizabeth.
During the Annunciation the Archangel Gabriel tells Mary that Elizabeth
in her old age is also expecting a baby.
Mary disregards herself and immediately goes to the aid of her cousin who is in need.
Following is the exact Bible text of the Visitation of Mary:
"And Mary rising up in those days, went into the hill country with haste
into a city of Juda. And she entered into the house of Zachary, and saluted
And it came to pass, that when Elizabeth heard the salutation of Mary, the
infant leaped in her womb. And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Ghost:
And she cried out with a loud voice, and said: Blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb. And whence is this to me, that the mother
of my Lord should come to me? For behold as soon as the voice of thy salutation
sounded in my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. And blessed art thou
that hast believed, because those things shall be accomplished that were spoken
to thee by the Lord.
And Mary said: My soul doth magnify the Lord. And my spirit hath rejoiced in
God my Saviour. Because he hath regarded the humility of his handmaid; for behold
from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed. Because he that is mighty,
hath done great things to me; and holy is his name. And his mercy is from
generation unto generations, to them that fear him.
He hath showed might in his arm: he hath scattered the proud in the conceit
of their heart. He hath put down the mighty from their seat, and hath exalted
the humble. He hath filled the hungry with good things; and the rich he hath
sent empty away. He hath received Israel his servant, being mindful of his mercy:
As he spoke to our fathers, to Abraham and to his seed for ever.
And Mary abode with her about three months; and she returned to her own house." -Luke 1:39-56
Mary knew Elizabeth needed her assistance. From this story, The Visitation of Mary, you can learn two things.
First, that Mary will promptly assist you in your times of need.
- And secondly, that you should imitate Mary's example here by serving others.
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The Visitation Of Mary
Perfect Example Of
"Love Thy Neighbor"
"And the second is like to it: Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
There is no other commandment greater than these."
Developing a love for your neighbor is transforming.
If you would like to explore this concept further you should read about St. Faustina and Divine Mercy.
Two good resources are Faustina Apostle of Divine Mercy by Catherine M. Odell, OSV and Divine Mercy in My Soul: The Diary of Saint Maria Faustina Kowalska.
When you start putting others before yourself, you will begin to forget about your problems and find satisfaction and peace in serving others.
This Bible passage for The Visitation of Mary is taken from the timeless Douay-Rheims Catholic Bible.
If you are looking for a more modern language version of The Visitation of Mary, our recommendation would be the
St. Ignatius Press Bible.
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