Tuesday, May 31, 2011
Feast of the visitation
"the man who will use his skill and constructive imagination to see how much he can give for a dollar, instead of how little he can give for a dollar, is bound to succeed." These words are spoken by Henry Ford as the last Model T rolled off the assembly line in the late 1920's.
What a mentality. It seems a far cry from today's mentality of greed, in which people try to give as little as possible for the dollar. The give you less and less and charge you more and more.
HOw much can you give for the dollar not how much yo can get for the dollar. What would our society look like if we carried this through and practiced it in our daily lives, seeking to give as much as possible.
IS this not what God gives us in Christ. As we celebrate the Visitation today, we ponder the great mystery of the incarnation. God gives much.
MAry with JEsus conceived in her womb goes to aid her cousin Elizabeth. MAry does not hoard the gift but spreads the wealth and her joy brings joy to others.
As we we hear these words a fresh, "the moment your greeting reached my ear, the infant in my womb leaped for Joy."
What a greeting and what a leap.
This image of John leaping in the womb of Elizabeth after hearing the greeting of the one who carried JEsus in her body is the image for our lives. This is what we are called to do.
Blessed are the feet that bring glad tidings so says the scriptures.
Are our feet blessed? Do we seek to give as much as possible so that others may feel the bang of joy from Christ our Lord through us.