Luke 1:39-56 When the Lowly Meet the Great
Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. Mary said, “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has looked with favor on his lowly servant.”
She never thought she would get married. A few months ago, I celebrated her marriage. When I asked her how she met her future husband, she laughed.
“I was being set up on a blind date by one of my friends. I was given my blind dates phone number so we could talk before we met. We instantly clicked and it wasn’t until I mentioned our date later that I noticed I had dialed the wrong number! I dialed a 7 instead of a 4. He said that he didn’t know what I was talking about or who my friends were. I was so embarrassed I had the wrong number that I apologized and quickly ended the conversation. Remembering how much I enjoyed talking with him, a few days later I sent him a text message. He immediately responded and we spent the next eleven hours talking to each other.”
Mary set out and traveled. Isn’t it remarkable, that after the astonishing events surrounding the Word of God becoming flesh, Mary set out on foot and in haste to visit her cousin Elizabeth? The simplicity of Mary’s journey is breathtaking when you consider the extraordinary personalities that came to visit her and the great distances they traveled to be with her. Isn’t it breathtaking…how “the simple one” met “The Almighty One”? How the two became one?
It all brings me back to how the laws of the Universe can regulate and order all things great and small; the galaxies and my home and life. As a ray of light comes from Heaven to earth, the angel of the Lord came to Mary. His warmth filled Mary with the warmth of the Holy Spirit. All that is beautiful and all that is true brings warmth to all who embrace it. As electrical forces hold atoms together, the Son of God embraced His mother in a love that could never be separated. How spectacular it all is when the Laws of the Universe can be translated into something other than numbers! How amazing it is that a simple virgin could care for, watch over and love the Son of God! And, as opposite forces attract one another, how the Son of God could care for, watch over and love a world full of sinners.
Something just doesn’t seem right here. And yet, it is perfectly right.
She entered the house. Today, we celebrate the visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. A visitation is not just a superficial encounter or a casual “visit”. A visitation brings with it a purpose, a reason. Mary’s purpose is to bring Love, the Lord, into the world; into the life of another. Her visit reveals our mission.
The world is not perfect. And yet, it should be. The only reason why it isn’t is because He isn’t in the world. Now He is. And now we know why we are too: to bring Him into the world.
The womb isn’t safe. And yet, it should be, for it is blessed to be born humble and small. The Lord has made it known, through his incarnation and death, that all stages of life, great and small, are blessed; from the womb and the tomb he made a difference and so can we.
Mary traveled from her home to another. Her Son would travel from one home to another. His disciples would travel from one continent to the other. Throughout the world and throughout the centuries, one woman’s simple journey has been repeated millions and millions of times over. The Lord continues to call the meek ones to humble the proud ones; to do what He did to make love sincere.
“Brothers and sisters: Let love be sincere; hate what is evil, hold on to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; anticipate one another in showing honor…Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer” (Rm 12:9-16).
All those who surround us, all that revolves around us, all that exists, needs God’s presence and ours too. For when the “lowly one” meets the Great One, all Hell breaks loose and crumbles and fall.
What is left is simple love.