Today in our second day of the Novena of the Holy Spirit, we ask for the gift of fear of the Lord.  Unlike the human worries we experience in situations which threaten earthly freedoms, emotional and physical well-being, and our desires, fear of the Lord achieves everlasting life. It is meant to help us to “love the Lord, your God, with all your heart with all your soul, and with all your mind” and to “love your neighbor as yourself” (Matthew 22: 37-38).

These two commandments resonate today on the Feast of the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Through the grace of the Holy Spirit, Mary and Elizabeth received the gift of the fear of the Lord. After initially being troubled, Mary replaces her anxiety with obedience to God: “Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word” (Luke 1:38) and when Elizabeth humbled herself in the presence of to the Lord “how does this happen to me, that the mother of my Lord should come to me?” (Luke 1:43).

The Feast of the Visitation also remind us of the commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself’ when Mary rushed to be with her cousin and Elizabeth recognized Mary as the Mother of God.

Both Mary and Elizabeth are exemplary models of the grace of gift of fear of the Lord. Let’s pray to the Holy Spirit to be overshadowed by the same grace today and forever.

Have a blessed day!!!

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