“Knock, knock.” “Who’s there?” … Thursday, April 18

English: The Embrace of Elizabeth and the Virg...

The Visitation.

A Rosary Meditation … The Second Joyful Mystery, the Visitation. “He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has  sent away empty.” Luke 1:53. Mary and Elizabeth both understood and accepted their poverty before God and lived accordingly. It was because of their recognition of their poverty and the response they made, humility rather than pride, that they were so blessed by God. The “rich” are those self-sufficient people who are good enough without God’s help and proud of it. Without any need of His grace because the rich have no need. Perhaps they expect God to be proud of them. The strong are able and do what needs to be done on their own. The weak ask for help, they ask for faith and grace and mercy. And they get it. The rich get what they have coming also. One person is filled with good things, the other goes away empty, filled with nothing but self. Elizabeth was filled with God’s Spirit when visited by the Mother of God. Mary was filled with Christ when she visited her cousin. All of us who admit our poverty honestly are visited. “Behold, I stand at the gate, and knock. If any man shall hear my voice, and open to me the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.” Revelation 3:20. The rich are visited as well. We know this because it says plainly “any man” so no one is excluded by God, but some, being so caught up in self-sufficiency that they lack ears to hear, exclude themselves, and never hear the knock.

Today … St. Agia was a Benedictine and wife of St. Hiduiphus of Hainault, also called Aye or Austregildis. She entered the nunnery at Mons when St. Hidulphus became a monk.Two married people entering into religious life, agreeing to do this, by mutual consent. I wonder if they heard two knocks or just one? Well, they answered the knock and that’s what’s important. When they heard the knock I’ll bet, being married and all, that they were busy doing something. I wonder how many times we miss a visitation just because we don’t take the time to put down what we’re doing and answer the door?

Of course there’s this …

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And Peter coming to himself, said: Now I know in very deed that the
Lord hath sent his angel and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod
and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.

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And considering, he came to the house of Mary the mother of John,
who was surnamed Mark, where many were gathered together and praying.

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And when he knocked at the door of the gate, a damsel came to hearken, whose name was Rhode.

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And as soon as she knew Peter’s voice, she opened not the gate for
joy: but running in she told that Peter stood before the gate.” Acts 12:11-14.

Sometimes when we have a visitor we just get all excited and get caught up in the moment. 😉

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