There are people who love doing and serving others. One example is my friend Kath who doesn’t seem tired of doing things for others, especially her family. She is an obedient daughter to her parents, looks after her close friends who are having difficulties, and does her work quietly without complaint and fanfare.
In the Gospel, we see our Blessed Mother unmindful of her own difficult situation and went in haste to the hill country of Judah, to assist her older cousin Elizabeth. That she was joyful and enthusiastic even without the luxury of a good transportation system, made her effort more precious. What made it more admirable is that she wasn’t carrying herself, or her ego. On her womb is the Lord Jesus Christ. Even when Jesus was older, Mary wasn’t carrying herself, but was always pointing to our Lord Jesus.
When Elizabeth saw Mary and heard her greeting, she was grateful and filled with the Holy Spirit sings a praise to Mary because she is bearing the Lord. We often repeat this praise when we recite the Hail Mary. Even the baby in Elizabeth’s womb, John the Baptist, recognized our Savior and leaped for joy! Reading beyond St. Luke’s Gospel we read Mary reply with her song of praise, the Magnificat.
In this Advent Season if we can, it may be a good idea to visit a loved one or a friend whom we haven’t seen in a while. Let’s try to bring a gift, no matter how simple it is. Most importantly, let’s bring our Lord Jesus with us, the most important person this Christmas and beyond.
Just like the Blessed Mother, may we be selfless in our service to others, most especially to our own families and friends. In so doing, may we be bearers of Jesus when we visit others. Like the baby in Elizabeth’s womb, may the people we meet leap for joy, and see Our Lord in us.