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Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Why the Visitation of Mary Displays Charity to Your Neighbor
Have you ever had amazing news that you couldn’t keep to yourself? You probably had an uncontrollable urge to tell people. It might have even made the people you told excited too.
This is a lot like when there is a baby born. The proud mother and father are so filled with joy they can’t help but tell everyone they know, as they know the people they tell will be excited to hear about the new addition as well.
The Visitation of Mary
Well, this is what happened with Mary and why she ran over to her relative, Elisabeth. The story in the Bible is Elisabeth was six months pregnant with John the Baptist. When Jesus was conceived by the Holy Ghost, she was overjoyed. She was carrying the greatest miracle of all and she wanted to share the good news with her close relative and friend.
When she came to Elisabeth’s house, she told her the news. What Elisabeth experienced was amazing.
She says to Mary:
“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, lo, as soon as the voice of thy salutation sounded in mine ears, the babe leaped in my womb for joy. And blessed is she that believe: for there shall be a performance of those things which were told her from the Lord.”
John the Baptist, while still in Elisabeth’s womb, could sense the Son of God was in the room. He had the power to sense his presence and this made him leap for joy in the womb.
How magnificent is that?
So how does the visitation of Mary display charity? Mary came to Elisabeth to share joy. Joy is a wonderful thing to share with your neighbor. Mary was spreading happiness. She was bettering someone’s life by giving something to them - that is charity.
What to Learn from Mary
We can learn a great deal from Mary’s visitation to Elisabeth and it’s not only about sharing great news. While telling our neighbors about something wonderful is good to do, it’s important to keep in mind what our actions can do for other people.
When you go to someone, you should bring something that will benefit them as much as it benefits you. God wants you to be generous to others. He wants you to put others before you because you will receive great rewards in life and Heaven from the grace of God.
So when you have something that you know will make someone happy, share it. Helping the needy, less fortunate or those that need support is providing charity to them. You are doing what God wants you to do and that will please Him and in turn, please you.
Take a minute to think back to a time you gave something to someone but weren’t necessarily getting anything back. How good did it feel to offer charity and be generous? It probably gave you a satisfaction much different from when you do things just to receive a reward. This is what charity is all about. Make a point to do this more often and you shall feel this great sense of satisfaction much more in your life and feel truly fulfilled.