May 31, 2012

Feast of the Visitation (Part 1 of 2)

The Visitation by Carl Bloch
Today is the feast of the Visitation!  It’s one of my all-time favorite feast days, for so very many reasons:

“During those days, Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah ....” (Luke 1:39)

In haste.  Mary traveled in haste.  Had she briefly planned the trip, quickly assembling what was needed, then making an organized yet hasty departure?  Or had she been more impulsive, simply grabbing her shawl and departing in haste the moment she heard the news of her cousin, Elizabeth’s, situation?  Was it cold the day she left?  Did the wind lash at her hair as she stepped outside, reminding her that in her haste she'd forgotten her cloak or a warmer veil?  Did she even have one?  Did she hurry on anyway?