Every May 31st, the Catholic Church commemorates the feast of the Visitation. What is it all about?
The Visitation marks the occasion when Mary visits her cousin, Elizabeth. The account is found in the Gospel of Luke (1:39:45):
During those days 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. 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.”
In addition to the account, many Catholics meditate on this passage through the Second Joyful mystery of the Holy Rosary.
In this passage, I am blown away at the relationship between Mary and Elizabeth have. They are both are expecting a child. Elizabeth is due sooner than Mary. Elizabeth even greets her at the sight of her cousin. The first person to acknowledge the humanity of Mary’s unborn child was Elizabeth’s own child, John.
A take away from all of this is that we must be ready to greet an woman facing an unexpected pregnancy with love. Women facing this life changing experience are in a great need. Pro-Lifers must meet these women in haste. We must acknowledge the humanity in their womb and hinder the false voices and thoughts of abortion that will creep into their minds.