Mental Prayer Support Podcast – Christmas series
Christmas 4 – The Visitation
In this series we’re meditating upon the most important events related to Jesus’s Nativity.
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Mary visits Elizabeth, bringing joy and the presence of Jesus in her womb to her cousin who were in her old age and pregnant of the little John the Baptist.
The presence of Jesus brought joy to them and is gonna do the same to you.
God is here, to meet with you.Being aware that he’s here is the most important step of this prayer.
After the announcement of the angel Gabriel, Mary went to visit Elisabeth. The tradition says the distance was about 100 miles, so probably a few days walk. Maybe 4. We don’t know if she went with Joseph or with other people, but she surely wasn’t alone. This might have been a good moment to think about life and ponder God’s deeds. Can you imagine the impact of the announcement of the pregnancy on Mary’s life? Starting with the motherhood. It must have given profound joy. In many occasions, the gospel mentions that Mary mediated events in her heart. She surely did the same with this specific subject. It’s a lot to take in.
We can imagine a scene that might have happened: Mary looking at the stars and thinking that more than 2000 years before, or more than 4000 years now, God started preparing his pe
ople for this moment, to receive her son. After finding a man with good heart, Abraham, He promised more descendants than can
be counted, more numerous than the stars she was looking at.
Can you imagine Mary touching her belly, and talking to her son. Just being there with him. Like us, when we pray. Stay with Mary and Jesus that night, looking at the stars, thinking of what happen and the impact of that pregnancy in the world.
Mary arrived at Zechariah’s house after a few days traveling. She was full of joy with her tiny Jesus in her womb, and also full of the Holy Spirit. She was just living fully this joyful time of her life. Only with her greeting she communicated that grace and love. Elisabeth was also full of joy and started praising God for what He has done to Mary. She said the little John leaped joyfully in her womb, when Mary spoke.
Here is the power of Jesus presence: Elisabeth, just with Mary’s greeting was full of the Holy Spirit! Being full of the Holy Spirit, Elisabeth praises Mary for accepting God’s will.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. And how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me? For at the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the infant in my womb leaped for joy. Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.
God, through Mary, gave us the best gift we could ever receive. Through Mary we received God Himself.
Resolution Ideas / resources:
We can see that with God’s grace,Mary, the mother of God, is a good example of purity, humility and faith.
Don’t you want to make a resolution to effort to grow in one of these virtues, since it pleases the Lord. Or other virtue you think is going to be profitable for you.
If you haven’t done yet, there is still time to make a confession before Christmas:
Brief example of Examination of Conscience based on the Ten Commandments
Here is one Examination of Conscience more detailed