minima maxima sunt

The Small things are the Great things; as in a grain of mustard seed.

The Visitation

The Visitation from the Book of Hours for Rouen Use

The Feast of the Visitation continues the story which started with the Feast of the Annunciation (March 25th), when the Angel told Mary that she would bear the Saviour. After a time, the pregnant Mary goes into the country to visit with her cousin Elizabeth, who is also pregnant with John the Baptist. As the women meet, Elizabeth proclaims:

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.

It is interesting how women always know when someone is going to have a baby. Even more interesting when another child senses a pregnancy. In any case the point is that there is something important going on here which relates to the idea of Mary as the “New Eve”.

Missal of Bernhard von Rohr,
Archbishop of Salzburg
ca.1481

Many will recognize the above portion of this scripture that makes up part of the “Hail Mary”. It is a pivotal verse, not only in the prayer but in the Sacred Scriptures. In both prayer and scripture it points to the reason there ever was a Blessed Virgin, which all has to do with the fruit that this “New Eve” bears. Not fruit stolen in pride from a desire to be like God, but by her simple and pure faith, she has accepted the fruit of the tree of life and offers it to all the lost children of Eve. The whole story of the Fall of Man is turned on its head! Reversed! Re-born! Instead of plucking forbidden fruit, she will offer the Fruit of her womb to be hung from the branches of a tree; specifically a cross. No serpent, but the Son of Man, will hang in its branches, and Mary will behold her Son and know that fulfillment has come to the prophecy given to Eve that her seed will crush the serpents head.

Is it any wonder that John would leap in the womb of Elizabeth? Is it any wonder that Mary is still hailed and called blessed?

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3 thoughts on “The Visitation

  1. An amazing thought to know that a baby in the womb can see things in the spirit, which most with physical eyes missed. What am I missing today, that I could be seeing?

  2. I do like this Mike,it is a complete reversal of the beginning and a beautiful one.So when we say Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world Mary was the Shepard of this lamb delivered him nurtured him and then gave him up for us to:) If only they could see how really important she really was and to Jesus to.They should never speak degrading of her like I have herd some do. This breaks the Sacred Heart of and it is sinful in my eyes. I myself would have went ballistic to watch one of mine be torched and hung in disgrace for the whole world to laugh at as many now are laughing.I went to some Christian sites where there were unbelievers there cursing Jesus and swearing about him calling him terrible names.We can’t say that they do wrong but they can curse at our Lord and saviour,What’s this world coming to and make fun of the Blessed Mother:(

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