Do not limit yourself, be what God has planned for you

Fr Andrew Manickam OFM Cap was the main celebrant for the Mass for the feast day celebration.

Jun 16, 2017

SEREMBAN (Herald Malaysia): Fr Andrew Manickam OFM Cap was the main celebrant for the Mass for the feast day celebration.

In his homily, Fr Andrew said that the meeting (the Visitation) of these two biblical women can help us to become missionaries, beginning in our homes where we are deeply rooted. He went on to explain that there are three aspects in the blessed Visitation that we need to consider.

The first is to put aside any personal agendas which, at times, can be difficult. We need to emulate Mary who reaches out to Elizabeth to help her and to be helped, to share stories, to give of oneself to another. Hence, one needs to put aside his or her plans and try to fit in God’s plans for them.

The second is the grace of the Holy Spirit, in the words of St Ambrose of Milan which “does not know delayed efforts” as shown by Mary who hastened to visit her cousin despite the long and dangerous journey. When God calls us, there is no time to waste or to postpone, we have to move forward like Mary did and take action.

The third is when we allow circumstances or situations in life to delay our efforts in doing something good and becoming the kind of persons that God wants us to be — missionaries at home and the community at large. This may be due to a lack of faith that God is uniquely present and working through these very circumstances for our betterment and development. Mary and Elizabeth did not allow their circumstances to limit who they were or what they might become according to God’s plan for them.

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