In our life experience there are souls who are so remarkably generous that we wonder why they are like that and where they get the inspiration. My Mom in her younger years is one such person. From the time she was a classroom teacher until she became a school principal, she would give unselfishly to others that sometimes I thought she may be overdoing it. Things from home she would use in her classroom, while she would at times bring us to school to help her decorate during Christmas and other important school events. Dad would be doing artwork for her too. I sometimes felt jealous that she’s doing more for others than for us. Today as I reminisce those moments, I thought it’s not that Mom cared for us less, it’s just that she cared for others too. She’s such a bubbly and energetic woman who felt so grateful for the Lord’s goodness to her family that she shared it to others. And I realized that when one appreciates life, the best way to express one’s gratitude is to give generously to others. This generosity even goes beyond the giving of material things, it can even include giving time and sharing of our talent to others.
In today’s Gospel (Lk. 1: 39-45), Mother Mary’s deep appreciation for the gift of the Savior in her womb is expressed in her going out of the way “in haste”, to visit her cousin Elizabeth, who herself was in the sixth month of her pregnancy. After Mary greeted Elizabeth,
“…the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.”
Mary was so grateful that aside from going out of her way to take care of Elizabeth for about three months, she was able to express her gratitude by way of the Magnificat (v. 46-55). Mary is such a great model of humility because it manifested in the way she showed generosity to Elizabeth, that she served for quite some time, even while she is pregnant herself.
Every new day that we wake up from sleep there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be grateful for the gift of life and family. This gratitude should extend beyond us by way of sharing and giving of ourselves to others. The Blessed Mother showed us how she served others and how she submitted fully to God’s will for her life.
Let us pray that during this season may we realize how blessed we are to be given that opportunity to share and to be of service to others. Like Mary, may we remain humble and grateful, so that in being so, may we reflect the Lord’s goodness to others by being generous and by serving others without counting the cost.
‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.’ (Lk. 1: 38)