Posted by: vftmom247 | 2011/08/15

Impulse: And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit

Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Gospel: Luke 1:39-56

 And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit (Verse 41)

Mary visits Elizabeth and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.  The child leaps for joy in her womb. She recognizes Mary as the mother of her Lord, the mother of God.  Mary does not only bring Jesus, Mary mediates a filling with the Holy Spirit.

And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit

 We too are visited by Mary.  It is important to observe, that she took the initiative.  She looks for ways to enter our lives.  Sadly, many Christians have an attitude of rejection for Mary, which keeps some from opening themselves up to the great gifts that God gives us through Mary.  It is not always easy for Mary to visit us.   When, however, we succeed in meeting her, then we are filled with the Holy Spirit, just as Elizabeth.

And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit

The Holy Spirit is the love of God, which is poured into our hearts (Romans 5:5).  Those visited by Mary experience an unimaginable love.  The relationship with God will be a matter for our heart more than ever before.  Mary brings out a kind of love in our hearts that we were not aware of before.  Mary is both unimaginably great and very small.  She wants to be loved. She wants to be protected in our hearts, because our heart is her place of refuge, created by God.

And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit

A sign of the presence of the Holy Spirit is Joy.  Elizabeth felt this joy.  Her son, John, leapt in her womb for joy. Sometimes we have a hard time finding joy in our daily work.  This is a sign that love is not within us.  Let’s think through this:  The Holy Spirit is love! When we work on an assignment with love, regardless of what the assignment is, it becomes something special.  The joy returns to us.


And Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit

Let us open our hearts to the visit from Mary!  Let’s give her a place in our daily life, for example, when we pray the Rosary.  She wants to be loved by us.  What a wonderful gift!  What love! What Joy!


Note for the non-Catholics – today is the feast of Mary’s Holy Assumption into Heaven – when she went to Heaven without dying first.  I prefer to think of it as the day Jesus realized that it wasn’t Heaven without his mama and he didn’t want her to suffer dying.  Mary does hold a special place in my heart.  As I told someone “Jesus came down to earth as a male, therefore, Mary has to be there to explain the human female stuff to  God.  And we can all use an extra mom looking out for us.”  ‘Nuff said.






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