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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Today do some material and spiritual uncluttering. Set up your priorities and leave space for God to occupy in your life - Daily Reflections May 31,2016


UNCLUTTER YOUR LIFE
 
The joy we witness in today’s Gospel is the event of the Visitation. The Virgin Mary was just given word by the angel that she was to be the mother of the Son of God. Coupled with that annunciation was the revelation that Elizabeth, old and barren, was also the recipient of an awesome mystery. She was already six months on the way, carrying in her womb the precursor of the Messiah, soon to be named John. Mary no sooner went out in haste to share to Elizabeth her joy! As sorrow is halved when participated in by others, joy is doubled when shared by a friend.
       But the Visitation is not only a nice story of two cousins rejoicing in each other’s visit after a long time apart. The Visitation is about Mary and Elizabeth witnessing to one another how God has visited them in their unique situations: Mary the young virgin and Elizabeth the old barren one. Mary and Elizabeth in a tight embrace is the picture of God entering human history that He might make it His story as well. And when our history becomes His story, it becomes salvation history. That is what we celebrate in the Visitation — salvation history.
       But there is a requirement for our personal history to become His story. We have to be poor and small before the Lord. The emptiness of both a virgin and a barren womb is testimony to this poverty before God. If something is full, it cannot be filled. The empty wombs of Mary and Elizabeth were filled because they have space for God. The empty wombs of Mary and Elizabeth were filled because there was nothing that stands in competition with God’s rightful space. The empty wombs of Mary and Elizabeth, therefore, are an icon of every Christian’s posture before God. In spirituality, there is fancy word for this posture — disponibility. It’s an uncommon word that means availability. It is also akin to the state of being disposable, at someone else’s disposal. In this feast of the Visitation, let us join Mary and Elizabeth in their disponibility before God. Let us allow God to have His way with us. Fr. Joel Jason
 
REFLECTION QUESTION: Today do some material and spiritual uncluttering. Set up your priorities and leave space for God to occupy in your life.
 
You anoint my head with oil, O Lord, my cup overflows. Fill me to the brim. Amen.

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