May 31, 2021 – Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Each day, I reflect upon a word or phrase from the readings of the day. I encourage you to do the same and perhaps incorporate that word or phrase into your daily prayer.

Blessed are you who believed that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled. (Luke 1:45)

BELIEVE: The words above were spoken by Elizabeth to her cousin, Mary. Mary listened to the words of the Angel Gabriel – “Behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name him Jesus” (Luke 1:31) – and believed. She not only believed, she acted.

Today’s Gospel issues a challenge: God is speaking to us. Do we believe? More importantly, do we act upon His words?

When God speaks to us, he may not do so through his angels, but His word is still available to us. It comes to us through Scripture. It is made known to us in our interactions with others. It speaks volumes through the beauty of nature.

The message comes through loud and clear: Nothing is possible without God. Nothing is impossible with God.

If we believe, then we must act. Our actions are clear as well: Love God with all your heart, and love others as yourself.

Blessed are we if we live this Gospel message.

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