Holy Haste!

Today’s Daily Devotion – June 23, 2022

By Khai Samante

Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. – Luke 1:39

We recently celebrated the feast of the visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary travels to the hill country in “haste” to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth who was in her 6 months of pregnancy. This is where the unborn John the Baptist “jumped for joy” in Elizabeth’s womb.

Did Mary rush into things? Far from it! Instead, Mary—who, by the way, led a sinless life—shows us the way in which haste can be a good thing. At the Visitation even before Jesus was born, Mary was in haste to share His divine presence with others. In this context, her haste was not a waste but, in fact, was virtuous. In fact, the persistent and unhesitating pursuit of some good was once formally known as the virtue of diligence. The Gospel of Luke encourages all Christians to emulate Mary’s example of holy haste.

All for the glory of God!

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