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“During those days Mary set out and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, “
What is your priority? Is it rushing to work or finishing a project? Or maybe it is getting the kids out of the house as fast as you possibly can. Maybe it’s your career or succession plan in life. Maybe it is constantly looking towards getting to the next step. Whatever it is, chances are you haven’t really sat down to figure out divine priorities, God’s agenda items for your life- the ones that will bring meaning, divine realignment, and peace.
Mary understood the concept of divine priority. In the middle of her ordinary life came an extraordinary new direction. All of her human priorities were washed away at a moment’s notice. The plans she made for her life became subservient to her divine Master.
The greek word for haste means “quickly obeying what the Lord reveals is His priority,” (See https://biblehub.com/greek/4710.htm). But how can we know what the Lord’s priority is? We can’t unless we want and ask for it. It is a wanting that goes beyond ourselves, a need for Him that far surpasses our earthly lives, an intensity and swiftness to act that can only be felt and known by the power of the Holy Spirit.
Mary knew this well. Her ability to hear and obey the will of God caused her to leave to see Elizabeth right away without a knowing why. There were no answers from the angel, only Holy directions. And the answer from our most perfect mother was
Yes, Yes, Yes!
If we are in such a haste to complete our earthly tasks, why not more so to find out the will of God? To seek His priorities and His agenda. To obey and run swiftly when we are asked. To be like Mary who didn’t have to ask why, but instead, did as she was told and just went.
Today, let’s ask our Most Blessed Mother for her intercession, that we make haste to hear the will of God and obey swiftly and completely. That we may, like her, find the joy that God has chosen us to carry out His will, and that we find comfort that God has a better plan for us than we have for ourselves when we make Him our priority.