Imagine: the Mother of God—and the unborn Son of God—appear at your door one spring day. Well, if you’re St. Elizabeth, that’s precisely what happened! What a beautiful response she gave, saying, “Who am I, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Lk 1:43).
This biblical scene begs the question: Do I respond with equal receptivity and humility when God “visits” me? Perhaps he visits when we’re reading the Bible, or when a friend asks for a favor; the timing may be convenient or inconvenient!
St. John Paul II in his message for the 41st World Day of Prayer for Vocations writes: “The vocation to serve Christ alone in his Church is an inestimable gift of the divine goodness, a gift to implore with insistence and trusting humility. The Christian must be always more open to this gift, careful not to waste ‘the time of grace’ and ‘the time of visitation’ (cf. Lk 19: 44).”
Let’s throw open our hearts, then, and receive the gift of God, responding whenever he calls. For even if it costs us our earthly life with all its comfort and convenience, his visitation is truly beyond price!