Love this picture and this familiar image since St John Paul II was pope for my married life up until 2005... Life has washed over me already this morning and I feel like I am finally coming up for air. Catch a breath and dive under once again! The breeding each morning and night is wrapping up and as a result many cows and their calves are being moved to one of 4 different pastures - some as far as 10 miles away and some just across the road from our farm. Paul has his small active full of life side kick farm boy along - 5 year old David. He just went into the front room and on the piano made grandma's day with his wonderful playing for my delight. He shared that; "I think of the notes , and I want to play them for you grandma. I know that you love to hear the piano, so I do it for you. The notes just come to me." David
"Sing praise to the Lord for his glorious achievement;
let this be known throughout all the earth.
Shout with exultation, O city of Zion,
for great in your midst
is the Holy One of Israel!"
With Nancy in her final weeks, and possibly having her son at any time... the feast of the Visitation today takes on a new depth this morning. In giving birth and welcoming a new life into the world we are encountering the miracle of LIFE and holding it first in our wombs and then in our arms after the pain of childbirth we forget the pain when we hold that warm bundle in our arms and it suckles at our breast. Oh wait! I am writing about the honor and privilege of being a woman and able to experience this... a man never will know the extreme involvement the woman is given in this child! We embrace our Most Cherished Cross and are filled with the seeds of life which combine with our eggs and life is begun when they come together. Protect all life from conception to natural death, O Lord. Then as women we are so blessed to carry this life forth to grow and develop in our wombs til they are ready to come and join us, we then give birth with pain and suffering and new joyously welcome this miraculous new life to now cherish and raise as LIGTHS for the world! Recalling all this in the light of the Visitation today gives me such a wellspring of JOY and privilege to have been called to bring 12 into the world - 5 with me and 7 in heaven praying for me and our family until we can be united in heaven!
"The Visitation is an encounter that carries with it a meaning that is exceptional... the exceptional presence of the Son she carries within her womb. We can be certain that the mystery of the Visitation is effective in our live if we do now, before Jesus was born, what Christ will command us to do as he dies: 'Behold your mother.' " See www.magnificat.com
What I am getting in touch with this day is that Mary bearing Christ in her womb visits each of us women as we are carrying that life and then bringing it into this world. We realize that since Mary said "yes" and bore Christ in her sinless virginal womb... there is now a light in this world and there is a small piece of heaven in our domestic Church/family where this new LIFE can be raised to be a LIGHT in this world with the help of Mary bearing Christ to us as well as His Bride, The Church! May we and the lives we have brought into this world and raised as LIGHTS then also become the Voice which can carry forth The Word, Christ, to all those we encounter on our narrow path following Jesus carrying our Most Cherished Cross! So amazing!
Jesus with Your Mother ever at your side, interceding for us and bringing You to the world each moment of each day. Yes! We do behold our Mother, and are so blessed to have her ever revealing the beauty of LIFE we are now given as You, O Lord, have entered the world in human flesh and suffered and died for us to take away our sins! You then ask us to follow your example and to embrace our Cross and follow You... dying to self so that the Holy Spirit may live and breath and move within us! May we die this day to self. I thank you, Lord, that I have the privilege to be a woman and to bear life into the world, such a gift! The encounter I have with Your Mother and God in her womb reveals to me just how blessed this gift is - to be a woman called to give birth to LIFE and to be open to LIFE! May we ever embrace this call with a joyful excited YES! Jesus, we trust in YOU. Amen and Hallelujah
The rose matches sweet David's tie dye shirt he made in Michigan last summer... just weeks away from our 2 weeks in paradise!
Bless-bless, Barbara Luke
"Rejoice in hope, endure in affliction, persevere in prayer." Romans 12:12
One more time for David... enjoy the human sunbeam...
Hold on tight!